I get emails and calls from clients who are completely freaked out about all sorts of things. I constantly remind myself that property owners and landlords do not deal with this all the time. Most people do not have my worldview. Many clients get really tired at the end of the process and say, “Your timeline says 6-8 weeks, and it has been much longer! My (friend, property manager, tenant, spouse) says they know a guy who got his tenant out in a few weeks.” Many landlords do not understand that each case I have has its own individual set of circumstances, and many times our cases end in a matter of days. A very few of our cases, because of extenuating circumstances, have taken six months to resolve because of appeals that no one could prevent. Well, I do not cut corners, and I do follow the letter and spirit of the law. Following Georgia law puts the process on a variable timetable. That being said, let me share my thoughts on the number one issue my clients get upset about – the eviction timeline.
If things go well, the timeline I provide really is the average time to get a judgment and to include the average seven day move out period that the evicted tenant gets from the judge. If things go well. Now let me tell you what can happen that makes the process not go well – that is stretch the timeline beyond average:
Again, I do not cut corners anywhere in the dispossessory process. I inform my clients with emails and video instruction about each phase and hope that this information keeps the process clearly outlined. Ultimately, though, everyone in the eviction process is at the mercy of the government. Read that last sentence again. I, the agent, am subject to the law. Our lawyers are subject to the law. Our landlords are subject to the law. The tenants are subject to the law. This is a government process. This is a process that follows rules of law. Please investigate landlord – tenant law to help set your own expectations of the process. We even have a link to that law on our website.
Setting expectations to all the possibilities can be downright discouraging. The law does not pick sides, and sometimes it feels like it is taking forever and the tenant is getting all the breaks. In the end, the law will land on the side of the landlord, if that landlord follows the process. And the process is not simple nor is it swift, but it is sure. Stay the course. And as always, keep it legal.
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