Ask any team member of a Detroit area property management firm what the worst part of their business is, and chances are that 9 out of 10 times the answer would be 'evictions'.
First of all, budget cuts have made the legal system very slow, so a property manager needs to display tremendous patience. At other times, managers need to handle tenants who might contest the eviction;so hearings need to be scheduled, which can be quite time consuming.
Furthermore, in most of these cases, one has to consult an evictions lawyer. The eviction procedure can become more complicated if the resident is facing bankruptcy; this often turns out to be an unexplored territory for many property managers. It becomes all the more imperative that a legal person gives one sound advice in such cases.
The good news is that; when a capable and experienced lawyer is handling the eviction, the cases always end up in the favor of the landlords, and 90 percent of the times, the tenant is successfully evicted. It is very important that the manager stops all collection/possession activities in case the resident has filed for bankruptcy. If he does, he needs to first acquire legal permission from the Bankruptcy Court. Failure to do so can result in heavy penalties.