One of the most asked questions that I receive from the landlords is “How do I find the former tenant to collect?” After collecting on 96 judgments I had to have a strategy to how I was going to find the former tenants and collect.
Gary has followed the U-Haul van to their next address.They have told us that they are moving to Texas. Usually Texas is about 8 blocks away!
1. COURTHOUSE WEBSITE:
You will put the former tenants name in the search by name for cases. I would suggest putting the search under the defendant and plaintiff. I caught a former tenant as a plaintiff in a child support case. You will check each case to see what cases are active. If we can find active cases then we can usually find the address of service and a court hearing date. Numerous times I have had the licensed process server waiting outside the court hearing door with documents to serve.
I have found many former tenants addresses from this website. You have to pay but I feel it is worth it. One of my landlords that purchased the Collect Back Rent Training Course had a hundred tenants that had moved out and owed him money. He had been a landlord for 20 years with over 300 apartments. He was going to take them all to Small Claims court so he employed me to find the addresses. I found 72 good addresses out of the 100 names he gave me. Peoplesmart was a great asset with Google and the courthouse website.
Google the name and the family members on the rental application.
4. FAMILY MEMBERS:
This is one of the places that the former tenant can retreat to. It could be for a lack of money, good place to hide or last resort. There have been times I have sent the licensed process server to a family member’s home to serve the former tenant. They have given the process server the address where he/she is currently living. They didn’t want someone constantly banging on the door trying to serve documents.
- DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
- LOCAL TRAFFIC
- BANKRUPTCY COURT
- COUNTY RECORDER OFFICE
- STATE BUSINESS LICENSE