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When enough is enough: Evicting a tenant

18 Oct 13

Evicting a tenant is always a delicate matter that landlords would rather steer clear of.

However, if you find that you are left with no recourse but to ask an unruly tenant to leave, it's important to keep a few things in mind.

You should always act with grace and keep your tenant's best interests in mind, while making sure you're staying well within legal boundaries. Here is how you should go about evicting a tenant.

Stay up to speed with the law

Each state in Australia has different tenancy laws and regulations, so it's important you have a handle on which rules apply in your region.

These laws will govern a range of aspects such as the grounds on which you can evict tenants and how to deal with disputes.

Taking REISA's in-depth property management courses will ensure you're up to date with the latest developments in real estate law in South Australia.

Provide adequate notice

If you feel you have a good basis for evicting a tenant, you should ensure you give them as much notice as possible. Housing SA recommends providing at least four weeks' notice, and according to Your Investment Property, tenants in South Australia should be given at least eight days to vacate the property.

This is only fair for the tenant, and will give both parties plenty of time to work through the formalities and arrange a smooth transition out of the property.

Terminate the agreement properly

Once the eviction is complete, it is up to the landlord to tie up any loose ends with regards to the terminated lease agreement.

This includes conducting a final inspection of the property and releasing or claiming the bond, according to Housing SA.