When facing an eviction, you will have the decision of how to behave in the situation. Certain behaviors or actions will only make the eviction worse and, possibly, impact your life long-term. Below are four common mistakes individuals make when facing eviction.
1. Not Following the Rules
Your landlord cannot simply evict you overnight. Instead, he must engage in a lengthy process involving the courts and police or sheriff’s office to properly evict you from the apartment. While you may not like the fact that you are being evicted, the court, sheriff’s office and landlord are required to provide you with notice of every action they take and what you are required to do. The date you are to appear in court and the date you must vacate the apartment are not secrets. Because of this, there is no reason why you should ignore or not behave according to the instructions provided.
Not following the rules will lead to police involvement, making the situation much worse.
The best thing you can do as an evicted tenant is to leave politely and quietly. Even if the eviction is not your fault, behaving nicely to all involved parties will get your farther and obtain you more help than being mean ever could. If you are polite, kind and work well with the other parties, the process will go smoother and you will look better to the court, landlord and police. Creating havoc or being disorderly will get you nowhere but possibly in more trouble.
3. Sticking Around
If you are being evicted, don’t stay around. Leave the entire complex when you are ordered to do so and do not return. If you must deliver something to the landlord, call ahead of time and make an appointment. This will put the landlord on notice that you are stopping by so that he can be prepared, and show that you respect the distance that must be put between you and the landlord due to the eviction. However, if you can avoid seeing or meeting with the landlord, use those means of contact. Sticking around the apartment or complex can lead to the landlord becoming annoyed at your presence and possibly calling the police to remove you or taking other court action against you.
4. Not Paying Timely
Even if you resent the fact that you must continue to give money to a landlord that has evicted you, not fulfilling this obligation can have even more serious consequences. Possibly, the court may levy additional fines against you or you could be arrested for not abiding by a court order. Most likely you will owe your landlord or the court money for the eviction.
If you do and have the funds available, make sure to pay as soon as possible. However, if you do not have the funds available, contact the court or the landlord’s attorney to set up a payment schedule. Make it clear that you want to pay on time and fulfill and complete your financial responsibilities.