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Block the evicted (by CJ [FL]) Jun 3, 2023 3:07 PM
       Block the evicted (by Moshe [CA]) Jun 3, 2023 3:37 PM
       Block the evicted (by plenty [MO]) Jun 3, 2023 3:44 PM
       Block the evicted (by Vee [OH]) Jun 3, 2023 4:36 PM
       Block the evicted (by David [MI]) Jun 3, 2023 4:38 PM
       Block the evicted (by MC [PA]) Jun 3, 2023 6:40 PM
       Block the evicted (by Jason [VA]) Jun 3, 2023 8:50 PM
       Block the evicted (by MikeA [TX]) Jun 3, 2023 9:54 PM
       Block the evicted (by ned [AL]) Jun 3, 2023 11:37 PM
       Block the evicted (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Jun 4, 2023 9:59 PM
       Block the evicted (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jun 5, 2023 9:01 AM
       Block the evicted (by S i d [MO]) Jun 5, 2023 9:59 AM
       Block the evicted (by GKARL [PA]) Jun 5, 2023 3:03 PM
       Block the evicted (by zero [IN]) Jun 6, 2023 8:50 AM

Block the evicted (by CJ [FL]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 3:07 PM

Is it a good idea to block someone you are evicting?

Landlords often get in trouble by continuing to make contact after an eviction is initiated. Sometimes things are resolved after an eviction is started and the tenant wants to halt the eviction. Tell me your tales.

Block the evicted (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 3:37 PM

Just exactly why would you want to do that?

In CA, you are REQUIRED to watch your mail once you file or are served with a lawsuit. There may be issues to resolve that can be handled quickly and informally with a simple telephone call.

For other calls that are just a harassment, any competent landlord knows how to easily handle them. Plus, you don't look good in court for denying legitimate attempts to communicate.

I personally don't take tenants that cannot be reasoned with. Good tenant screening pretty much eliminates these problems.

Block the evicted (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 3:44 PM

I'd not block communication but I'd sure read and not reply. or reply with Received or Ok or just K. To acknowledge receiving and reading but I would not communicate unless it's a maintenance request. I'd just sit on my hands, knowing what I know running my business. --172.59.xx.xx

Block the evicted (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 4:36 PM

In OH there is often partial payments the tnant wants to make to stop eviction but if the owner/manager does this the case is tossed out of court and must start over from beginning, some states allow these funds to be tendered for -use and occupancy- but I have not tried this yetm here.

Block the evicted (by David [MI]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 4:38 PM

If it is that serious, you need to have an experience landlord-tenant lawyer handle the eviction and they will tell you what you can or cannot do

Block the evicted (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 6:40 PM

Don't message ok. It could be misinterpreted. Depends on what message is sent. I would reply message received. Most won't come through if they promise to pay- they are trying to stall. Follow through with the eviction. If pd before court, that is one thing. Most won't but will try to get you to drop it.

Block the evicted (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 8:50 PM

I would just ignore them unless it involves the habitability of the property. After they’re out, block away! --71.63.xx.xx

Block the evicted (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 9:54 PM

I think the just of the situation is that you need to pick your words in response carefully and not get pulled into an argument or negotiation. When you respond you need to consider how your words could be twisted to paint a different picture in front of a judge. With that, I don't block current tenants but I do minimize the response to just a few words that are very clear.

Let me give you an example. Tenant calls. I don't answer at the time but I will respond a few minutes later with a text asking what they needed. They then send a long text about wanting to pay a little now with a promise to pay more later for an eviction that I've filed with the court. It also includes a long sob story and some statements that are intended to pick a fight. I simply restate what I've said before, I don't accept payment after I'm forced to file with the court, the only option is to vacate the premises. No more, no less, just the facts. I would say the same thing in front of the judge which is the acid test. Many times they are baiting you with hostile language to see if they can get you loosing your cool on the record so they can use it in front of a judge.

Block the evicted (by ned [AL]) Posted on: Jun 3, 2023 11:37 PM

Pretty much what Mike says.

The trick: have the self discipline to reply as little as needed to restate pertinent information.

No more.

Block the evicted (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2023 9:59 PM

Communicate by email or text only as record or photograph every conservation so if they claim harassment then will have proof that there is no harassment for rent. What is happening in most jurisdictions is the supply of rental housing is going both in primary and secondary market houses, condominiums. So at the supply goes down then the prices rise where it is better to end this drama once and for all. Had a eviction drag out for a year where finally the stay on sheriffs order was lifted then out once and for all as they defaulted on payment plan. In future a minimum credit score of 700 and above or they can stay out the private rental housing market.

Block the evicted (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 9:01 AM

I file against someone only if all other paths have failed. I consider an eviction MY failure as much as it is a tenants because I wasn't able to prevent an issue from escalating.

I don't understand how avoiding contact or communication assist in problem solving. If the communication you are getting does not promote problem resolution - perhaps it is threatening in nature, I might not respond.

Block the evicted (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 9:59 AM

As I just mentioned in my post "Ghosting" today, I go silent UNTIL papers are served and/or the tenant acknowledges they know about the court date. That way I don't give them warning to hide from the process server.

Once we've gotten that established, I will communicate within a limited range such as "This is how much you owe" or if the tenant reports a "fire, flood, or blood" emergency. I'm still the landlord and still have duties to perform up until the time the judge terminates the lease. Failure to respond could trigger a negative event that tarnishes my eviction case.

I do NOT use text and phone, though, especially if they get abusive. Too easy to misunderstand or get into "he said/she said" with verbal communication. Everything is in writing and carefully proof-read before sending.

If they're just being vulgar and aren't offering anything constructive, then I save and print the communication log for the judge in case he/she wants to see it. Never had to show it yet, but I figure it could come in handy.

Block the evicted (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 3:03 PM

Sometimes, distance is necessary by hiring an attorney to handle. Far easier to tell them that all communication now goes through your representative. That's often the best way to depersonalize the entire situation.

Block the evicted (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2023 8:50 AM

Once I file it is all out of my hands as far as working out a deal with them. I figure I have given them enough of my time and effort up to that point.

If they call or text with a need I judge it by how much the work is needed. Had one tenant complain the AC wasn't working right in the apartment even though it was about 55 degrees outside.

Then you get the ones who will trick you by calling from other numbers. Well that was solved by all calls go to voicemail.

If legit I handle it, or get someone else over there to handle it. Most times it is just a deadbeat trying to gain power over you while they scramble to get their own life together.

I hate evictions. I try my best to avoid them. I would rather work something thru with the tenant, even if it is just giving them the option to leave on their own.

But if I have to file it is a done deal.

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