Writing an eviction notice needs to be done with care. Be sure to check with the eviction laws in the city where your rental units are located. If the notice is filled out incorrectly, lacks information or is filed wrongly, the eviction can be dismissed and then you'll have to start over. Also, be sure you can legally evict the person. Many cities will only allow an eviction on the basis of missed rent.
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Get a copy of a three-day notice with a carbon-copy attachment so you'll have two copies. Otherwise, you'll have to write out the eviction notice and then photocopy it before posting it. The three-day notice you post and the three-day notice you file with the eviction court must be identical copies.
Fill out the three-day notice with all the information legally required. That information will include the name of the tenants, the address of the rental unit including the city and county, the amount they owe, the month they last paid rent, the current date and a number where the tenants can reach you. It may also include the type of structure the unit is located in and the names of any people living there that are not on the lease. Use blue or black pen since the notice will need to be photocopied for the court.
Sign the three-day notice, and be sure to write a phone number. Whoever signs the three-day notice has to be the same person who delivers it, and the same person who appears in court if the tenant has to be evicted. If you are the property manager and not the owner, sign your name and then write "manager" after your name.
Go to the person's home. You can either knock on the door and hand the notice to the person being evicted, or you can tape the notice to the front door in a highly visible place.
After three business days, if the tenant has not responded or come up with the owed amount, you can take your copy of the three-day notice and file for an eviction at your local courthouse. You'll need to pay a fee to the court, and then they will give you a court date.
Tips and warnings
- If you would rather post the eviction notice on the door instead of confronting the tenants, it is best to post it early in the morning when they are either still sleeping or getting ready for their day.
- Once you've posted the three-day notice, if you accept any money from the tenants, even if it isn't the whole amount, you cannot evict them. You'll have to wait until the next month and post a new eviction notice.
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