Ever run into a tenant you've evicted?

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Ever run into a tenant you've evicted?

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Ever run into a tenant you've evicted?

Every now and then, I'll see a tenant of mine "out in public" (like my office or their house isn't public for some reason).  This is a business where you deal with a ton of folks, and I'm actually surprised I don't run across them more often.

Small talk is usally made and everyone moves along, but there's always the possibility that an awkward situation could arise.  One of these would be when/if you run into someone whose application you've rejected, with the other being an encounter with someone you've had to evict.

The latter reared it's head yesterday- when I discovered I was in line at the grocery store behind a lady I'd evicted a year or so ago.

I've had the good fortune of "only" having to evict 3 folks in the nearly 5 years I've been here in Central Florida- so I've never really thought that much about how things might go if I ran into any of those folks once I'd bounced their stuff out onto the street.

The lady was friendly to me, and I'd say I was pretty friendly in return.  I figure that's the best outcome I could've expected considering the circumstances.

This encounter served as a couple of reminders, though:  evictions are an unpleasant part of my job, but they are indeed part of the job and not personal issues between the tenants and I.  More importantly, though, is the fact that you can do your job and evict folks- yet still let them maintain their dignity throughout the process and afterwards.

The lady in this case was one whom I'd placed everything she owned in her life outside, yet she'd thanked me back then for treating her with respect and kindness- and did so again yesterday.

I had thrown out 5 TV's, furniture, goldfish in a bowl and clothing (among other things), but the lady's dignity never made it to the curb.

Ever run into a tenant you've evicted?

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DENNIS B. BURGESS
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Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Evictions, and foreclosures are sad footnotes to peoples lives. 

It was probably more embarrassing to her then uncomfortable to you.

The fact that you maintained a civil conversation is great. 

Healing for both of you. 

May 27, 2012 09:58 AM #1
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

I always ask them if they have my freaking money, I don't care about their dignity.

May 27, 2012 10:02 AM #2
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Erv:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  I think she's fine.  She knows I did my best in everything.  She'd gotten behind, caught up, gotten behind, etc- endless cycle that finally did end when she couldn't catch up that last time.  I was glad to see she's doing better- and the owner of th place she rented would say the same...

May 27, 2012 10:32 AM #3
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Joyce:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment- though this i a point we disagree on.  I'd like "my....money" and that for my owner as well, but I will continue to assert that "poor person" does not equal "bad person" and "folks that are legitimately hustling and trying to pay rent" doesn't equal "bad person", either.  And above all else is the prevailing thought that all folks deserve their dignity and to be treated politely unless/until they forfeit those traits themselves through an avenue other than a monetary one.

May 27, 2012 10:42 AM #4
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Yes, Mike and I sat down at our favorite Mexican resturant and there she was...ready to wait on our table.

WE REQUESTED A NEW SERVER...

 

the eviction was not pleasant and who knows what she would have done to our food!

May 27, 2012 10:01 PM #5
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Eve:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment.  I'd agree that evictions and evictees must all be handled on a case-by-case basis- and that there are surely ones when subsequent encounters wouldn't be all that friendly.

Though understanding I'd only done my job, I do have one evictee in mind whom I'd question whether she'd spit in my food.  Wouldn't eat an enchilada she dropped off at the table, I can guarantee!

May 29, 2012 02:47 AM #6
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Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

There is nothing respectable about being evicted and be poor is no excuse for stealing and that is what a tenant does when they get evicted or run out. So I have no sympathy for them. Especially here in Florida where all they have to go is give a 60 day notice and move on. We will even let them move as long as they clean the place.

It is as if Landlords have no rights, why do they hire us if the tenant doesn't have to honor the lease agreement.

Feb 19, 2013 10:32 AM #7
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Charles:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  I think there's a bit of a difference between the basic dignity one deserves and the modicum of respect to which they're entitled simply because they're our fellow human beings and their actions  that might very well be less than respectable.  I'd never say "Getting evicted is respectable"- nor would I say that what one whose been evicted did leading up to that eviction were respectable, but I will continue to assert we can't let the actions of others cause us to lose our dignity from the way we respond to their loss of it.  Florida varies from county to county, but I'd agree that the playing field tilts ever so slightly in favor of the tenants' side as a rule.  Many a judge will put the hammer down on deadbeat tenants, though.  In Lake County nearby here, for instance, there's a judge that'll only ask one question of a tenant during a contested eviction proceeding:  "Have you paid your rent?"  If the answer to that question is anything other than a "Yes, Your Honor", the tenants' out on their ear in no time...

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