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What do you know about evicting a commercial tenant?

You take exemplary care of your commercial tenants. Unfortunately, you may encounter residents who cannot keep up with rent payments.

Chron breaks down how to navigate commercial tenant eviction. Ensure you handle the process by the book and according to Pennsylvania’s laws.

Look over the lease

Study the lease you and the tenant signed to ensure you have legal grounds to start the eviction process. For instance, perhaps the tenant conducts a business you forbade in your agreement. On the other hand, the lease could note you must give the tenant 30 days to catch up on late rent.

Notify the tenant

Communicate the issue sooner rather than later. When you do, give the notice in writing. Let the person know about the lease violation or unpaid rent and communicate your desire to start the eviction process if the person does not remedy the situation. Check whether you must honor a “cure” period according to the latest state law. Even if you do, your agreement may note a longer period. If so, you must honor your lease’s cure period.

File an eviction case

Once the cure period ends, file an eviction case with the proper county court. For your court date, present valid proof of the tenant’s wrongdoing and your right to evict him or her.

Get a writ of possession

If you win your eviction case, get a writ of possession. With the legal document, you have the right to evict your commercial tenant and take possession of the commercial space.

No matter if you have a residential or commercial tenant, you must follow eviction laws. Understanding the eviction process keeps you on the right side of the law.