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I been struggling to think of some witty post for this blog. To post some upbeat story that gives a glimmer of hope for this awful market which threatens to stretch on for years and bankrupt a lot of people. Then it hit me, I’ve got tons of material to write about. Just none of it is very fun.

I really hate it when people don’t return phone calls. When a rent check doesn’t show up in the mail, I call. And I get really irritated when I have to call again and again, leaving voicemail that is never returned.

Ok, so what to do? Well the next step is to figure out how to evict a tenant that doesn’t pay rent and doesn’t return phone calls seeking an explanation. With the internet, it was really pretty easy to find out. In Florida, before you can begin an eviction you have to serve a 3 day notice to pay up or to cede possession of the property. There are numerous downloadable pdfs on the web you can use. I used this one from a CSEU course.

Pay attention to the fine print, it’s only 3 days if you hand deliver the notice and the tenant can pay the rent at a physical address. The 3 day notice starts when the notice reaches the tenant, and you may need to allow for snail mail time for the rent to reach you. And you can not count weekend days and holidays. So in the end the time period ended up being 2 1/2 weeks. If you mail the notice you need to use certified mail w/ return receipt requested. Make sure to make three copies of the notice for use in the next step (the actual start of the eviction) if the 3 day notice expires without payment or possession delivered to you. You might want to read this article about how you can get tripped up by the details by a tenant lawyer.

Before the notice period was up, I received the rent in the mail along with an explanation. I am sympathetic to my tenants plight as one of them is really sick, but my mortgage company is not sympathetic at all.

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