What if your local court, the one with which you do business regularly as a Property Manager, ruled you can no longer represent your clients in eviction matters? The property owners must handle their own evictions, or hire an attorney.
Think that couldn’t happen?
A court in Wisconsin is considering doing that very thing. In a decision expected to come later this year, a circuit judge in Madison, a mid-sized city in Dane County, is considering whether property managers are actually “a person entitled to the possession of real property,” as referenced in state law. But, of course we are! Aren’t we?
What does your management agreement say? Is it specific in its authority for you to act as the owner’s agent in eviction matters? How about your rental/lease agreement? Does it specifically name you and the owner, jointly, as “Landlord?”
I’m in no way qualified to give legal advice, and don’t intend to. Ever. But, I do recommend you have your attorney take a look at your contracts, to be on the safe side of this issue.
You looked at your contracts, didn’t you? What did you find?