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Renter is two months behind on rent. Options for collection?

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Renter is two months behind on rent. Options for collection?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
This is the home we moved from when I took a new position. We still pay mortgage, insurance and taxes for a rental property. We aren't making any profit, even if we collect every month's rent.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I am torn. We lost money last year because a tenant left without paying the last month's rent. We simply can't afford to keep this up.
Expert:  KJL LAW replied 9 months ago.

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You could file an action in Small Claims Court against the tenant to get a judgment for the amount owed. You could also start eviction proceedings for non-payment of the rent. However, the tenant may be judgment-proof, meaning the tenant does not have any funds or any property that the judgment could attach to.

With a judgment, you would still be in a position to collect on the court judgment later on if the tenant's circumstances change, but even getting a judgment in your favor does not necessarily mean that you will get paid now.

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Expert:  KJL LAW replied 9 months ago.

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