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I completed an eviction today in the city of Miramar Florida. The tenant decided not to pay the rent since the property was in foreclosure. I explained to the tenant that the landlord was doing a loan modification and negotiating with the bank to keep the property. The tenant could not be persuaded to pay the rent or move out so I started the eviction process immediately.
The eviction took 29 days even though the tenant answered the court and tried to present a defense. The tenant was convinced that the judge would allow her to stay in the property rent free for at least six months. The court did not hear her case since no money was deposited in the court registry. We got a default judgment and the Sheriff did the eviction on Monday.
I met the Sheriff at 11:30 am at the property. The Sheriff knocked on the door and identified himself. There was no answer so I opened the door with the key given to me by the landlord. The Sheriff went in and said there was no one inside the property. The tenants left the night before according to the neighbor. The Sheriff placed an eviction sticker at the front door and told us we had possession of the property. He said if the tenants came back inside the premises they would be arrested for trespassing. The city of Miramar Sheriff’s Department did an excellent and a very professional job.
The property was in bad shape. Broken tiles, the carpets were stained and ruined, the refrigerator was broken, there were clothes scatted all over the place, garbage on the floor, the window screens were torn. It looked like a hurricane went through.
We believed the damages were done intentionally by the tenants. I left the premises and the landlord and his wife assessed the damages and started the cleaning and repairs. The landlords thanked me for my services and said they had a relative that also needed my eviction services. The eviction was done very efficiently with very difficult tenants opposing and contesting every step.
It is very important to start the eviction process very early so that the tenants can be out the same month. Do not wait months to start the eviction. Start the eviction as soon as the tenants let you know they are will not pay the rent. Do not give any extensions or make any deals the tenants. It is almost impossible for the tenant to catch up on the rent payment if they are behind more than two months. The eviction process is now streamlined and it is possible to get the tenant out in less than 30 days.
Hector Lesende is owner-licensed real estate broker in Miami, Fl. Serving Miami real estate, Miami Lakes, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miramar, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. We provide a South Florida Foreclosure List. We are HUD registered brokers. We offer Miami South Florida Eviction Services.