FAQ Can I Get Free Rent By Forcing My Landlord To Evict Me?

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FAQ Can I Get Free Rent By Forcing My Landlord To Evict Me?weight of debt

The quick answer to this is probably not, at least not for long.

The long answer is that any temporary savings will be paid in High Interest, Penalties, Lost Credit, and Homelessness.

When rental prospects call us we know before we get off the phone with them if they have had an eviction in the past 20 years, and it is a quick way of eliminating a prospect without wasting much time, so if your next home goal is a homeless shelter then maybe this is the option for you.

I know of many who have ducked out and vacated the property before the landlord filed the paperwork with the courthouse and some landlords will leave it at that.

And others will continue to file, just to warn the next landlord and so that they can put a lien on any future, earnings, homes or vehicles that you are planning to purchase.

And when you get out of court thinking that you saved a month or so of rent, you will find yourself with one landlord after another denying you a home.  Why would they want to be the next fool that you owe money to?

After getting out of court you will also find your wages garnished for the rent, penalties and court costs and if you don’t have job then the debt will just stay with you to haunt your future.

Later down the road while trying to get your stuff together, you will then find yourself unable to borrow money to buy a car, or buy a home with this debt on your back and eventually you will be paying it off along with interest, penalties, court costs, and more.

Some people reply to me, but I won the eviction case and the judge let me stay, and my reply is congratulations.  Now you expect me to want to be the next landlord/victim that you are not planning to not pay and feel wiley enough to win against in court?  No Thanks!

So in conclusion, No you cannot get by without paying your rent, at least not for long, and not without a lot of pain!



Now if you are truly in trouble explain this to your landlord without trying to screw him/her over.

Most will do their best to help you out, maybe get you into a less expensive unit or help find some financial aid.

Evictions are painful for landlords too and they don't start their day with the goal of evicting anyone.











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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Bob-There is no free lunch. Hard for some to believe but there is always a settling of accounts.

Jan 28, 2014 05:10 AM #4
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I like this Bob - this is a good warning to anyone trying to scam a landlord, but as you said, sometimes people hit tough times, and explaining that and how they've improved their lot can go a long way.

Jan 28, 2014 05:50 AM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Dishonesty is never the way--especially in this case and especially because of the amount of money put into the home and the effort put in. Love and light, Laura
Jan 28, 2014 12:47 PM #6
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob, goes without saying, short cuts don't work! And you got to pay - either now or in future with penalties and interest!

Jan 28, 2014 01:45 PM #7
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Depends on your state's tenant landlord laws. If you play your cards right as the savvy tenant that does this just get in the door and then dead bolt it. Don't pay your rent and let the garbage pile up one bay of the garage. Used as a dumpster that you the landlord will be using a pay-loaded to clean out nine months from now.

The landlord that is not up on evictions and misses the mark for serving eviction properly and who does not realize when a judgment finally comes down, you have to go back to court to enforce it when the tenant who plays the cat and mouse just digs in. Had one guy cut to the chase.

The owner of a house rented out and not getting the rent started up a chain saw on partial choke in the kitchen to add to the smoke and sting for the lungs, eyes. Loud, Freddy Krueger, Murder on Elm Street stuff. Kids come running to see what is going on, peek around the doorway to the dining room with dinner plate size eyes. Scared, crazy guy in kitchen.

And Mr Upset Landlord cut the power cord to the refrigerator and water heater in the cellar and then say whoops. That's not good and will be back in three hours from the hardware store to try and fix, but may take a few days blah blah blah .... they were gone when he returned. Crazy, illegal but worked.

Jan 28, 2014 07:14 PM #9
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Right.  This is actually way more costly than people realize.  Unfortunately, they learn about this afterwards.  It would be great if they knew before in order to prevent the bahavior.

Jan 28, 2014 07:17 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

There is no such thing as a free ride.  If someone tries to get away with something, sure, it might "work" in the short term but things have a way of catching up to them.

Jan 28, 2014 07:22 PM #11
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Our eviction laws are pretty clear here in Jacksonville, FL, and if you are late on rent, the landlord has the ability to file and eviction notice to vacate the property within (I believe) 30 days, which means any savings you realize will most likely be spent on added moving costs....

Jan 28, 2014 08:43 PM #12
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Bob, the last tenant that tried that with us lost $10000 in the end. I'm sure his roommates probably beat the stuffings out of him once we got out of court. He seemed to think he was an attorney. 

Jan 28, 2014 09:21 PM #13
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bob, our State's Landlord Tenant Act pretty much defines rights for tenants and landlords.

Jan 28, 2014 10:10 PM #14
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

In California, we have something fairly recent (maybe a few years old) called the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which provides qualifying tenants with free legal representation and this is offered up minutes before the court action. As such, it delays the eviction quite often. It's upsetting that some people would take advantage of their landlords and also the system, but I suppose that is the nature of the beast.

Jan 28, 2014 10:43 PM #15
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

In the eighties, you could get away with months and the best of them could go a year or even two. It took the courts a while to catch up but when they did, it is not worth it to stall or play this game. The renter has too much to lose...good post Bob

Jan 28, 2014 10:47 PM #16
Donna Quanrud
Coldwell Banker Burnet - Eden Prairie, MN
Donna Quanrud Southwest Metro Homes

I don't even understand this mindset.  It is the ultimate entitlement mentality.


Jan 28, 2014 11:21 PM #17
Debi McKamie
McKamie Real Estate Services, LLC - Waco, TX
Realtor®/Property Manager

Good post.  After being in property management for over 20+ years, I am still amazed at how often people think that riding the eviction process is a great way to get free rent....I don't guess I will ever understand some people's thought patterns.


Jan 28, 2014 11:27 PM #18
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Bob, my reply is simple. "Are you telling me that you plan to steal from your landlord?"

Jan 29, 2014 12:41 AM #19
Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there trying to work the system. 

Jan 29, 2014 12:56 AM #20
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Once an eviction goes public record, it tarnishes you for years to come.  It might get you a little free rent, but not for long unless you live in New York or some other crazy liberal place.  The last evicition I did here in Florida, it was only 9 days from the time I filed the evicition until the sheriff showed up at the door. 

Jan 29, 2014 01:57 AM #21
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Once an eviction goes public record, it tarnishes you for years to come.  It might get you a little free rent, but not for long unless you live in New York or some other crazy liberal place.  The last evicition I did here in Florida, it was only 9 days from the time I filed the evicition until the sheriff showed up at the door. 

Jan 29, 2014 01:57 AM #22
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

If people want to have evictions noted on their credit report . . . have at it. Most people need to have shelter.  This is a good way to find it tougher to rent. Mom better have a basement available!

Jan 29, 2014 04:06 AM #23
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Once evicted and recorded it is very hard to find a independent landlord willing to rent to you, maybe the large rental companies will and will probably charge you a very high rent.

Feb 04, 2014 12:37 AM #24
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