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Rent, Damages recovery

Discussion in 'Eviction, Recovery of Premises' started by SouthpawTiberius, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. SouthpawTiberius

    SouthpawTiberius Law Topic Starter New Member

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    A tenant left the property and has owed 9 months worth of rent. Also there is damages to the property which I need to recover. I hear the tenant is living in a nearby county and working. If I sue for back rent and damages, and get a judgement, how should I collect the money from the tenant? Is there an agency that helps small landlords like me?
     
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    army judge Super Moderator

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  3. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Why did you let this slide for 9 months? You should have evicted for non-pay back then when it was long before any of the moratoriums.

    You can garnish wages if you can find his employer. You can levy his bank account if you can find it.

    There are collection agencies that you can hire on a contingency but I doubt that any of them will pay you even 10 cents on the dollar for a judgment on a deadbeat.
     
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    Evictions are handled much differently since COVID 19. Many landlords are still stuck with non paying tenants. This person is fortunate that the deadbeat has left because an eviction could still be a long wait

    Rather than throwing good money away chasing someone who can't pay, you may just cut your losses and get a new paying tenant. Perhaps you can claim your losss in your taxes.
     
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    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    The most common ways of enforcing a civil money judgment against a natural person are bank levies and wage garnishments.

    I doubt it, but maybe (depending on where in CA you are). You obviously can google.
     
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    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Did you miss the part where I said:

     
  7. SouthpawTiberius

    SouthpawTiberius Law Topic Starter New Member

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    The court didn't hear the lawsuit for seven months due to COVID.


    Sincere thanks to everybody for answering. I appreciate your input
     

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