Hi, I just bought a trustee sale at the auction today, which is my first. I am a bit overwhelmed, since some investors at the auction told me that eviction might not come easy. I was thinking of doing the following, with questions within:
Sending out a letter to the current owner tomorrow, asking him to move out. English being my second language, I am a bit concerned about how to write such a letter, to be firm yet not rude. Do you have any sample, or point me to some examples on the web ? How long should be the time I request him to move out ? 2 weeks, 3 weeks ? Some one also saying that I should send out the letter to him, only after I got the deed from the firm, which means a couple of weeks later ? I was told to use PO box as return address, instead of my own address, for privacy concerns ? And using certified return signature required on the letter ?
In the letter, shall I propose deals, like move out in 2 weeks, and give him some cash, like 500$, or shall I leave number to ask him contact me for a smooth transaction ? Any good suggestions, strategies on eviction in general ? like broom-clean at certain date, give him some cash out ? On a second thought, I might go to knock on the door and talk to the owner directly, do you normally do face-to-face, or just letter and phone communication ? Any advice on direct dicussion ?
If he refuses to move out, then I start the normal eviction process–which I am not quite clear about the details yet—but, in the end, will the sheriff force them to move out, once I am win the case in the court ? Worst case, how long the whole process can drag out ? 6 months ?
Do you need to buy insurance right away ? or at least after I got the deed mailed to me ?
Do I need to hire an attorney to do all these ? I was told, one investor has to go to court for eviction, and the judge is not happy that he does not file the demand-to-leave letter by an attorney. Any good realty attorneies you can recommand ?
Sorry for asking so much, since it is my first auction, and I guess I am a bit worried after hearing those investors talking about eviction issues, and I know this owner is tough to deal with, since he lived there 17 years, and has a court order against him already from home equity company, just to make this auction to happen. Thanks a lot !