Today’s question comes from one of our faithful readers, a fellow Nevada property manager, and a valued guest contributor, Bob Frenchu. Bob writes:
“When do you decide the tenants are out of the property?
Let’s say you’ve served a 5-Day Pay or Quit eviction notice. Noon of the fifth day rolls around, the tenants aren’t answering their phone. You drive out to the property to check to see if they’ve moved out of the premises. You knock, get no answer, open the door and find:
(a) the house is full of furniture, no signs of packing, stew is cooking in the crock pot. Or….
(b) beds are gone, but there is an old ratty couch, some end tables, and the fridge is full of food. Or…
(c) furniture is gone, but there are still clothes scattered on the bedroom floor. Or…
(d) The unit is perfectly clean, ready to rent again (ha ha)
Option A and Option D seem pretty obvious, but at what point does one decide a lockout isn’t necessary?”
This is a great question, and one that comes up regularly in my property management classes. At what point do you take possession of the property? My recommendation is, when in doubt, get a lockout order from the court. Is there any reason not to go for the lockout? Perhaps, you’d handle this situation differently. Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment on the blog. And, thanks for reading!