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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Cash for keys is sometimes less expensive than the eviction process!

Jul 03, 2016 01:53 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

In the only case I had, I was in line at the Court Clerk's Office and the tensant was aware of it, called me to let me know they were moving out within the hour. He wanted to receive back what was left of his security deposit as I always took a security deposit and a last month deposit.

Jul 03, 2016 02:07 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I agree with Wayne Martin 

Jul 04, 2016 12:25 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   $$$ talks louder than anything else.

Jul 03, 2016 05:15 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

My only advice is to stay on top of the situation.  Getting behind is not a good place to be.  

Jul 03, 2016 03:46 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I guess this is why I would not do Property Management.

Jul 03, 2016 03:25 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Did this for 20 years...All I know is that they move once they talk with me

Jul 03, 2016 02:16 AM
Toronto, ON

Sometimes you can offer them a different property, move assistance, an amount to encourage them to move.  Each situation is different.

Jul 03, 2016 02:03 AM
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Talk to the tenant and threaten eviction, make sure they know how hard it will be to find housing after eviction. 

Jul 03, 2016 01:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The threat of eviction is effective.

Jul 03, 2016 01:50 AM
Allen M.
Pellego - Los Angeles, CA
LA Realtor! We Sell Los Angeles! DRE:01996333

Remove the front door! Believe it or not I have known landlords who removed the front door, the tenant comes home and the front door is missing. They finally get the message! 

Of course the deny the heck out of having done so, haha!

Jul 05, 2016 03:04 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

In the past when I was managing properties, I would first ask them to simply move out. I pointed out that an eviction would look bad for them on their record, and make it difficult to rent from another landlord. But, in the end, it all depended on who the tenant was. Some would move and others would play the system and force you to evict them. I even had some to appeal when the judge told them they had to move out within 7 days.

Jul 04, 2016 12:48 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

We have done cash for keys but we have found just to evict is most effective as nothing else really is all that effective.

Jul 03, 2016 10:54 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fortunately - and intentionally - I don't manage rental properties...

Jul 03, 2016 10:23 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Offer them money - plain and simple

Jul 03, 2016 10:00 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck. The others have given you advice.

Jul 03, 2016 09:33 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Eviction is a very complicated, lengthy and often expensive process in my area( los angeles county)

Jul 03, 2016 04:25 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds - I rarely do rentals. However, give tenant some incentive - cash/month of hotel stay etc and hope for the best.

Jul 03, 2016 03:10 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I've not had to deal with this but I'm thinking that a monetary incentive might work.

Jul 03, 2016 02:57 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

none.  laws are very tenant oriented in Georgia.

Jul 03, 2016 01:14 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

offer them $, offer to give them a good recommendation for the next landlord and not to go to court with them

Jul 03, 2016 11:36 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't work in rentals but I think cash for keys is the biggest motivator.

Jul 03, 2016 10:49 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I show them how easy it is for the future victims to bring up the court records showing all the evictions.

Most would prefer to not have that evidence out there on the internet.

Jul 03, 2016 09:47 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If a tenant is unwilling to leave at the end of their lease, eviction is the best way.  I'd rather have the cops throw them out than reward them for bad behaviour by offering to pay them to leave.

Jul 03, 2016 09:03 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Here in DC, if a tenant doesn't want to move, it's really, really hard to force the issue.  And there are almost no grounds for eviction.  Even if they don't pay their rent for agents, all they have to do is show the judge the money in Landlord Tenant Court, and all if foregiven.  If the place is for sale, the tenant gets months to decide whether or not they want to match the buyer's offer.  Don't get me started!

Jul 03, 2016 07:23 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debbie - We've used cash as well as paid for short term storage space a couple of times. The easiest are from bounced rent checks - bouncing a check over $1,000 is a felony in Colorado - a threat to take the check to the DA does wonders.

Jul 03, 2016 06:28 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it's been many years since I owned apartments....if I had a difficult tenant, I would pay them to leave....and it always works....the more needy they are, the better it works....

Jul 03, 2016 06:00 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Bribery often works!  

Jul 03, 2016 04:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Tread carefully.   It can be a slippery slope.  

Jul 03, 2016 03:49 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

This hasn't been a problem for me yet...I always thoroughly background check, pull credit, verify employment and check prior rental references, etc. I know some agents who have been successful in talking with the tenant (conversationally, not threatening) and explained the options that it was to their benefit to move voluntarily considering the alternative. The majority of the time that seems to work for them.


Jul 03, 2016 03:32 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

inducement, references, advance deposit -partial, forget dirty carpet cleaning etc we will replace it anyway.


Jul 03, 2016 02:35 AM