Can I offer the occupant money to leave without filing a forcible entry & detainer?
August 16, 2022
By Site Producer Attorney & Retired Law Professor
Absolutely, and I recommend it as the first choice. Consider paying the occupant a modest sum of money to get them to leave. Perhaps the amount you’d have to spend if you filed a forcible entry and detainer action (court costs, lawyer fees, sheriff’s fees, moving and storage costs, plus your time and energy). This may be a win-win situation for both of you. You’ll save money, time, and annoyance, plus the property may be in better condition, giving the occupant some much-needed moving funds. However, be wary of the occupant who is simply buying time and will not leave until the Sheriff arrives at his door.
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