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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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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Hello Bob,  As a Landlord I must say Kudos on the post.  Well written and it hopefully will wake a few up.  Mark

Jan 11, 2015 03:13 PM #1
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Bill Roberts
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Bob, 20 years? How do you do that? Ten years is the maximum time allowed for credit reporting agencies to keep and report information?

Bill Roberts

Jan 11, 2015 11:05 PM #2
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Bill Roberts
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Oh, and another thing. Some landlords are jerks and there is no way to live with them. And if they notice the tenant and the tenant moves out then there is no cause for an unlawful detainer action (eviction). Maybe they could sue for money damages, but it wouldn't be an unlawful detainer.

And you make it sound as if an unlawful detainer action is worse than a foreclosure. Come on. Things happen.

Bill Roberts

Jan 11, 2015 11:11 PM #3
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That is great that you can eliminate folks with evications the last 20 years and still have loads to choose from!

Jan 11, 2015 11:21 PM #4
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Nancy Laswick
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I'm shocked that this is a frequently asked question Bob Crane who thinks like that? I'm glad I'm not a landlord.

Jan 12, 2015 06:00 PM #5
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I am with Mark on this one. I had a tenant pull a constructive eviction thing awhile ago. Big mess

Jan 13, 2015 09:20 AM #6
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Those are tenants we stay away from. If they have a track record like that we don't want them. 

Jan 13, 2015 12:26 PM #7
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Evictions in Louisiana are a pain for everyone involved. I tell my renters, if money is tight let me know. Would much rather work with them in the short term than have to go to court.

 Sadly, once they get behind rarely do they catch up.

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Now days there are those who do not care about their credit reports and the future of purchasing... it's not like it used to be!

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