At Idoni Management, the eviction process is not something that happens often. That’s because 99.9 percent of all our tenants pay on time and fulfill the terms of their lease. However, eviction is a valid fear and concern that most homeowners have when they’re renting out their property. So, we are talking about the process today and letting you know how long it can take.
Rental Due Dates
All tenants must pay rent by the first of the month. There is a grace period that extends to the tenth of the month. This covers any holidays or weekends. Also, if the rent check goes in the mail on the first, it may take a few days to get to us. So by the tenth, we know that anyone who attempted to pay their rent on time will manage to get it in. On the eleventh of the month, rent is late. Between the eleventh and the fifteenth, tenants are subject to late fees. Anyone with a legitimate reason for their late payment, like an emergency or the need to go out of town, can still pay by the fifteenth with a late fee.
Filing an Eviction
On the fifteenth of the month, we file the notice to quit. First, we go to the local courthouse in Bridgeport. We file the first round of paperwork, which usually costs around $40. Then we deliver the paperwork to a constable who delivers it to the tenant. Typically, the constable will try twice to get that paperwork to the tenant. If the tenant cannot be served with the eviction paperwork, it will be mailed.
Connecticut Eviction Process Flow Chart
Mailed paperwork takes 21 days to process. If the tenant answers the door and receives the paperwork, it only takes 10 days. We file our Eviction Execution if no arrangement is made with the tenant to receive payment once the paperwork is served.
The Eviction Execution is a 24-hour notice for the tenants to vacate the property. It usually takes five days to serve the paperwork. The constable will receive it, put the notice on the door, and then 24 hours later we can complete our eviction. So the real difference in the timing is when and how you deliver the original paperwork. We are within a 30-day window unless we have to wait the 21 days for that paperwork to be mailed. Then, it might take 35 days.
This is why it’s so important not to wait. Whatever the reason that your tenant can’t pay, make sure you file the eviction to start the process. If the tenant comes through and pays, you can stop the eviction and you’ve only paid a little bit. But if the tenant cannot ultimately pay, you want to get that time clock started. The goal is to get your tenant out within 30 days so you can use the security deposit to cover the unpaid rent.
If you’d like to talk more about the eviction process in Connecticut, please contact us at Idoni Management.