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deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Jan 10, 2013 2:45 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by BillS [CO]) Jan 10, 2013 3:06 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by V [OH]) Jan 10, 2013 3:36 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by Ken [NY]) Jan 10, 2013 4:03 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Jan 10, 2013 5:19 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Jan 10, 2013 5:22 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 10, 2013 11:53 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 11, 2013 12:07 AM
       deadbeat tenant (by BillS [CO]) Jan 11, 2013 2:57 AM
       deadbeat tenant (by Tammy Macklen [CO]) Jan 11, 2013 6:42 AM
       deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Jan 11, 2013 8:12 AM
       deadbeat tenant (by BillS [CO]) Jan 11, 2013 9:23 AM
       deadbeat tenant (by Mike45 [NV]) Jan 11, 2013 10:44 AM
       deadbeat tenant (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 11, 2013 5:44 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Jan 11, 2013 6:08 PM
       deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Jan 11, 2013 7:14 PM

deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 2:45 PM

State Specific Question About: COLORADO (CO)

I live in Colorado and have my first rental in Colorado Springs. I have only owned it for 6 months and I have a tenant who has been an issue since he has moved in. Other tenants in the 4 plex said he is doing crack, his room mate said he is doing crack and police do nothing. Not sure why, maybe no physical proof other than him being high. So now it is the 10th and I need to file for eviction because I haven't been paid, the room mate I found wasn't authorized and so much more. I am going to the court tomorrow to file, he was given a letter on Saturday for quit or cure and nothing. he said he is moving on Saturday (the 13th) I will be happy to see him go. I am afraid that if I don't file for eviction he will not pay and never leave. Has anyone ever had this happen? I inherited this tenant.

deadbeat tenant (by BillS [CO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 3:06 PM

Happens all too often. You are on the right track. Keep plugging along. You are right you must move forward with the eviction.

If he doesn't move as scheduled. You might offer cash for keys on Sunday if he is out by an agreed to time. Offer less than it would cost to evict. I know it rubbs the wrong way but it costs less and makes it happen quicker. Both are pluses. Brad20K says right or rich pick one.

deadbeat tenant (by V [OH]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 3:36 PM

Unpaid rent is by far the most common case in housing court, pets and unauthorized repairs prolly come in close second. Damages not noted before move out will be hard to collect on if you do not begin a payment plan, that acknowledged the damage.

deadbeat tenant (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 4:03 PM

Get the eviction started but someone like that I can usually push out by stopping by and gently pushing,reminding them they would be out saturday and often helping to carry there stuff out,they can't take much pressure --72.224.xx.x

deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 5:19 PM

Thanks, I am going to the courthouse in the morning just to file. he owes me $1100 but at this point I simply want him out. I already have someone who wants the place who has been waiting for one to open. They are renovated and really pretty (at least so far) Good idea to stop by and remind him of what he promised. Why the heck is it so hard to get the police interested in a drug addict. sheesh, I know if it were me then my butt would be in jail. But then again Murphy lives here.

deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 5:22 PM

How much does it cost to evict? I know that filing is $80 and then I have to pay the Sheriff to deliver the paper. Not sure what other expenses. I am glad he is going, I have tenants with kids there and he has an anger issue.

Nothing like dealing with a man in his 40's who acts like everyone owes him something.

deadbeat tenant (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2013 11:53 PM

Tammy, The police do not chase drug users. And know that weed is legal, I suspect the floodgates will burst open.

Keep it simple and stay focused. Evict for nonpayment of rent.

NO ONE wins in court, even when you win, so try to work a move-out agreement.

Have him sign a Promissory Note for the amount he owes. Then you can sue him for that amount without arguing about rent/roaches, etc.

BE CERTAIN to get a PERMANENT FORWARDING ADDRESS such as his parents WITH HIS SIGNATURE so you can serve him legal papers in the future.

deadbeat tenant (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 12:07 AM

This happends all of the time. Neighbors and other tenants of my apartment building complain about one tenant doing drugs. So I get a group of other tenants and neighbors to agree to testifly in court if it goes the distance in an eviction.

Then I serve the tenants papers, a 3 day notice, to stop doing drugs on the property. Listing the dates and times but put witnesses names to be provided before court for their protection.

Most people that take drugs think they will scare off witnesses. I also put my name on the list because I make sure at least one time I catch my tenant "High on drugs".

Then the tenant knows he will be evicted for drugs or move out before the court date and ecape a perminant drug record.

deadbeat tenant (by BillS [CO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 2:57 AM

Tammy pay a lawyer to take you through this.

The first step is a 3 day notice. Have you done that?

HTC law does a lot of evictions in Denver and I think they have an office in COS. Their web site is helpful as it outlines the process.

If this guy has anger issues the best approach is to be as far away as possible. Personally I would take the eviction pay so we aren't reading about you in the paper. Play it safe.

deadbeat tenant (by Tammy Macklen [CO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 6:42 AM

I have already given his 3 day quit or cure for non payment of rent. He owes me $1150. on the way I will offer him some money for the keys, he told me he is moving out this weekend but I have learned that if he is speaking then he is lying. on the quit or cure, besides paying my rent he has an unauthorized person living there, told him that he can't do drugs on my property and I called his mother who was listed on the application as a point of contact. apparently he has a history of all this but for some reason the previous landlord thought he was fine. doesn't matter, moving forward. Thanks for the advice.

deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 8:12 AM

I have taken a part of everyones advice. I sent a text to the tenant and offered cash for keys deadline today, actually this morning. I am over to the apartment often because I do yard work, clean the laundry room, collect rent, etc. I also bring my 100 lb shepherd to keep me company. I understand that pot is legal and that opens the door for so much more. He started out with prescription drugs so I guess when the dr cut him off he couldn't just stop. Anyway, if he answers soon I will hold off filing at the courthouse. I have to work this morning and work tomorrow. I have folks who will move into the apartment (lucky) as soon as it is cleaned up. so everything could be worse.

Do I need a promissory for past due rent? Can I put this on his credit report?

I don't imagine I will ever see the rent but it would be nice to be able to warn other landlords in some way.

deadbeat tenant (by BillS [CO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 9:23 AM

Tammy this guy you said has anger issues. Personally, I would pay someone to deal with him. Nothing is worth your life or health even if you have your dog with you. Go hire a lawyer and let them handle it from here. You had not mentioned his anger issues when I advised you to offer cash for keys.

Even if he takes you up on the cash for keys (which I don't recommend) still go forward with the eviction today. If you don't then you will lose 3 days.

deadbeat tenant (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 10:44 AM

Tammy, the cops do not care. Normally, they will bust someone for possession or use of drugs only if they are dealing with a real jerk who has angered them. All across the natoin, the jails and prisons are overcrowded and are being ordered by the courts to release prisons to deal with overcrowding. Mostly, only violent criminals are being locked up. Petty criminals (pickpockets, shoplifters, non-violent drug users) are not worth dealing with -- they just clog up a system that is already overwhelmed.

deadbeat tenant (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 5:44 PM

You typed "... but for some reason the previous landlord thought he was fine."

LLs lie to get rid of trouble.

We NEVER count on the present LL's word unless they warn us!

You want the PREVIOUS LL who has no more connection to the trouble. Check court records and you might find that "current" LL is now suing him!


the fooled you with a fake landlord. Happens daily here.

deadbeat tenant (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 6:08 PM

The cost of the eviction is the least one has to worry about. Arrears of rent is easy to prove. Once one has the writ of possession and a judgement for the arrears of rent then it is trip down to the sheriff office. Here the sheriffs hands a tenant a courtesy notice or posts the notice on the door if the tenant does not come to the door that the locks are going to be changed in seven days. Often on the six day they have moved out leaving only trash behind. Consider belonging to landlords association where one can google to find a landlords association near the rental. Before a new tenant one needs to learn the screening and credit check process to avoid getting a problem tenant.

deadbeat tenant (by Tammy [CO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 7:14 PM

I bought the building with him already there, I should have said previous owner. I didn't choose the tenant, he came with the house. My other 3 tenants were chosen by me and are fine. I hired someone to take care of the problem, Thanks!

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