How soon can I start an eviction?
Question Details: I have agreed to sell a 16x80 single wide mobile home. It is in a mobile home park and was sold as is. I had agreed to sell it for $4,000 with a $400 down payment with $200 a month until it is paid. The family moved in about 3 weeks ago and has only paid $50. I have tried being patient and understanding with their problems but in return my family is suffering from this. What advice can you give me to rectify this problem?
There is no obligation to wait once someone is late on a rent (or rent-to-own) payament. As soon as they are late making a payment--that is, as soon as they have missed the payment due date and any grace period the contract or lease gives them--you can file for eviction. In fact, as a landlord-tenant attorney, I recommend that landlords act as soon as the tenant is late: in my experience (7 years at a L-T law), tenants who fall behind on rent, especially early in their tenancy, are likely to keep falling behind, either due to personality or financial situation; there is no reason to wait and compound your losses.