One of the best ways that I have found to protect yourself from bad tenants, and we all know that a few will always slip though our "infallible" screening process, is to use the month-to-month contract.
If you have a tenant that you need to get rid of, for whatever reason (and I can think of a lot of them, such as painting a picture of a human face on the side of an outside wall, but that's a story for another whole post), take the easy road.
If they have signed a month-to-month contract, you just need to send them a form saying that you are canceling the contract and they must be out by end of the next month. You have to give them a full 30 days to move, maybe more if they pay on the first and you are in mid-month when you notify them. In that case you would give them 45 days to move, at the end of the following month.
But, no matter how you slice it, it sure beats going through an eviction process, particularly if they are inclined to fight it. And, why wouldn't they fight it since they at this point they have probably developed aggravating us into a science.
So, if there is any doubt in you mind about whether your tenant will go to the tenant dark side at some point, play it safe and have them sign the month-to-month lease.
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