The Coronavirus has not voided your contract with your tenant. You may still collect the rent but you must use legal means. This means you will have to wait until the courts reopen to file any forcible detainer (eviction) or small claims actions.

You must wait to serve your tenants with a notice appropriate for laws in your county until after the order is lifted and you may not take any action to cause the habitability of the home to diminish, i.e. disconnecting utilities, changing the locks, refusing to make essential repairs, call the police for trespassing, etc.

Keep good records during this time. There will be tenants who do pay the rent. Ensuring that you do not file a forcible detainer (eviction) against a tenant who did pay their rent will save you and the courts time.


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