Boston condo owners: Reasons to evict a tenant

In an ideal world, every tenant you lease your Boston condo to would pay rent on time and always follow the terms of the lease. However, almost every Boston condo owner/ landlord ends up with a problem tenant every now and then, so you might end up needing reasons to evict a tenant as a Boston condo owner. It can be challenging to figure out if you should go straight to eviction or try to work with your tenant whenever there are issues. If you have rented out your Boston high rise condo and your tenant is being problematic for you, use these tips to tell if it’s time to begin the eviction process.

The Tenant Never Pays Rent to Boston Condo owner

Not paying the rent is the most common reason for eviction for Boston condo owners. You can warn the tenant and give him or her a chance to pay late, but if he or she ignores you and shows no sign of paying, you should start the eviction process. Evicting a bad tenant allows you to get a new paying tenant as soon as possible.

You Discover the Tenant Is Breaking the Law

Having a criminal involved in drugs, theft, or other crimes in your building creates an unsafe environment for other tenants. Check your lease and state rental laws to see if a recent criminal conviction is grounds for eviction.

The Tenant Is Always Late with Condo Owners Rent

Constantly chasing a tenant around begging for rent could cause excess stress you probably don’t need. Tenants who are frequently late paying their rent often have money problems that eventually lead to them not paying the rent. Constant late payments can be a legal reason to evict someone.

Excessive Damage Is Done to the Boston Condo

It’s normal for there to be issues like stained carpet, a torn blind, or a broken cabinet door. However, if the damage goes beyond small and easily fixed problems, you might want to evict the tenant before he or she causes more damage. Extensive damage like giant holes in exterior walls or doors torn off the frame may be cause for eviction.

Tenants Continue to Violate Rules Despite Warnings

In many states, you’re legally required to give tenants a chance to fix lease violations. Sometimes, you might be able to skip all the hassle of eviction and keep a paying tenant by offering a chance to fix small issues. However, if the tenant continues to violate lease requirements and building rules, it may be time to evict him or her. Repeated violations show the tenant is not interested in working with you and respecting the property.

Other Tenants Complain About Disruptions

Other tenants in the building have the right to live in a reasonably peaceful and safe environment. If other people have to repeatedly call for noise complaints or report that the tenant is harassing them, you might need to evict the problem tenant to keep everyone else.

If you want to rent out your Boston condo and are looking for downtown high rise condos, lofts, or penthouses to purchase, get in touch with Ford Realty Inc. To begin your search, call 617-595-3712 to speak to one our reliable real estate agents who can help you find the ideal properties.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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