What Can I Do to Evict a Tenant Who is Not Paying Rent?
The three most common questions that landlords will ask when a tenant is late on their rent are a
follows: How do I evict a tenant? How fast can I get the tenant out? Where do I begin? The following article will provide answers to these questions so that you can get on with your life and get back to down business.
For starters, we need to establish why you want to evict the tenant or tenants in question. In Alberta, non-payment of rent is by far the most common reason for eviction, so let’s assume that this is your justification. Fortunately, there are a few options for you to pursue if you find yourself in this all too common predicament.
You can download forms for eviction notices on the Alberta Eviction website.
USING AN EVICTION NOTICE TO EVICT A TENANT
The first option is the traditional 14-day eviction notice given to them. It essentially informs them that they need to pay before the date set in the eviction notice or they will have to move out. This a great starting point, and it can be effective as a method for warning tenants to get back on track, but it is usually the least successful if you want to truly wish to get tenants out. An eviction notice for not paying rent of rent is just that, a notice. Once the notice period has come to an end, if the tenant still hasn’t paid, you’ll still have to go through the formal eviction process. Even worse, you’ve just given the tenant two weeks of free rent.
USING HEARINGS TO EVICT A TENANT
The next option is either going to court, or using the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service or (RTDRS). This can be a far more useful method of getting rid of tenants as they both actually have consequences. Although many landlords are not aware of this, landlords can skip the eviction notice process, and apply directly to one of these services. This will also cut out a couple weeks of their tenants just camping in their property for free. If time is a factor, or you need someone to do this for you, the next section is important.
USING PROFESSIONALS TO EVICT A TENANT
Lastly, your final option is to enlist the services of an eviction company to deal with the issue. This is the most costly route, but it is also the simplest for a busy landlord. An eviction service company can expedite the entire process for you so you don’t have to focus on the unpleasant confrontations with the tenant. This includes the filing of eviction paperwork, appearances in court, or even removing the tenant if they don’t seem to be leaving after a court ordered eviction date.
24-HOUR EVICTION NOTICE FOR THREATS
One final note: if you have a tenant who makes a threat against you, it is essential to contact the authorities, and proceed with a 24-hour eviction notice. This is the absolute fastest way to get someone out, although you still require a court hearing at some point if they don’t vacate voluntarily.