“BEING LENIENT DOESN’T MEAN BEING CHARITABLE”
a good tenant for it. If they miss a rental payment, that’s when you can provide notice. Your tenant has two options after missing that payment. They can leave on their own, or you can file the eviction. Once they’ve infringed their contract, that’s when you can take this step. Have a follow-up conversation to make sure they understand and mark down that you have discussed this both in writing and in conversation, as that is always good in a court proceeding.
Be empathetic, patient, and honest. If everyone is open and honest, you may be able to work out a plan that works for everyone, especially if they have been a good, long- term tenant. •
Nicole Seidner is a copywriter for property management, and often writes for the National Association of Residential Property Managers® (NARPM). Members of NARPM® receive information like this article every month through its news magazine, Residential
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