A friend, a newbie landlord needed to back up important documents for several eviction cases, by printing things out and putting them in the active file! My friends are computer experts and thought that a back up on some drive is sufficient! IT's NOT!
So the NIGHT before the final court date my friend needed to print out all of their evidence against their tenant. Since an owner these days can't evict for "Non-payment" of rent, you only can evict for "cause".
So a tiny fluctuation in voltage fried the computer they used to store tenant/property information. All of the notices, letters, pictures, etc had to be recovered from the hard drive, something that is going to take more than a few hours before court.
Second they pictures they saved on their digital camera could be sent directly to their prints, both weren't working with the wi-fi setup.
So my friends came to court late with little evidence. Since the owners had made claims as to why they needed to evict this tenant, the Judge wanted to see their proof. Lets of warning. Notices and picture. As you could have guessed, case dismissed.
The cost of a surge suppressor, $4.95.
The cost of a back up printer, $50
The cost of a UPC Power back up and suppressor, $100
So because this millionaire owner was penny wise and pound foolish, the didn't spend $150 on backing up their proof and lost the eviction where the back rent exceeded $12,000. It going to take another 3 to 6 months to go back to court, by then they will be owed over $20,000 in back rent...The tenant is judgment proof anyways.