How to Evict a Tenant in Charleston, SC – Property Management Education
John Riediger - Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Evicting a tenant is often a difficult process. Life gets in the way and sometimes bad things happen to good people. As the acting landlord for our property owners, we have to ensure the property is rented and stays in good shape. We also have to make sure that rent is paid on time as well, and if it’s not, we need to replace the nonpaying tenants with new tenants who can and will pay on time.
Owners have to pay the mortgage, and that’s one of the reasons getting rent paid consistently is so important. Eviction is an unpleasant part of what we do, but it can be necessary. The process is not always quick; it can take up to 45 days. While this might seem like a terribly long time to wait, you can take comfort in the fact that South Carolina evictions are still shorter than other states, where it can take as long as four or five months to evict a nonpaying tenant and get your property back.
At Lowcountry Property Management and Sales, rent is due on the first of every month. Once the fifth of the month comes and goes, owners have the right to begin the eviction process if they want. As managers, we converse with our owners and make a decision about eviction. Then, we begin the process. First, we must file with the magistrate’s office in the city where your property is located. Eleven days later, we can file the second paper, or the Writ. Once that is served, the tenants have 24 hours to vacate, and we can get a warrant of ejectment to regain your property.
Eviction is not something you need to worry about when you work with us because we do everything we can to prevent it, and if it becomes necessary, we handle the process for you. If you have any questions, or you need help evicting a tenant, please contact us at Lowcountry Property Management and Sales.