A landlord pays county, town, village and school taxes on a property.
The tenant is behind in the rent ($1,950).
The landlord first has to fill out and have served an "eviction notice" (which cannot be served by the owner). The person serving the notice has to obtain signatures from all named tenants, complete an Affidavit of Personal Service and have that notarized by a notary public (first time to the notary).
Then, the landlord has to fill out a notice of petition, non-payment petition and petition to recover possession of real property. These all have to be signed by the owner and notarized by a notary public (second time to a notary). The landlord has to take these petitions to the court, pay a fee for filing a case and set up a court date. Both petitions have to be served (cannot be served by owner) within a short period to allow tenants time to prepare for court. The person serving the petitions has to obtain signatures from all named tenants, complete an Affidavit of Personal Service for each petition and have these notarized by a notary public (third time to a notary).
The parties then go to court. If the tenant does show up, the judge will normally ask the landlord and tenant to sit down and see if they can come up with an agreement to pay the arrears. This normally is just giving them more time not to pay any rent. They couldn't pay when required; they will just increase the amount owed (that will never be paid). The case is continued. The tenant fails to complete scheduled payments (if any at all is paid).
Back to court. The judge issues a Warrant of Eviction. Normally, more time will be given to the tenant to leave the premises (can be another month of no rent paid). This warrant has to be served by the Sheriff's Department.
The landlord takes the judge's Warrant of Eviction to the Sheriff's Department. They need the original and eight copies ($1 each). So, $157 plus $22 ($179) is required for each person named to serve the warrant. There is the cost of gas mileage for the trip to and from the premises ($19.98 each way). The total price the landlord has to pay to have the judge's warrant served by sheriff's deputies is $226.96.
I refer to the first sentence: Why do landlords have to pay taxes?
BARRY YERDON Sr.