Understand the eviction process
First and foremost, it's essential to understand the eviction process to know if an eviction was rightfully filed against you or not. An eviction is a legal process that involves a court case between the landlord and tenant. If you were evicted, the court issued an eviction order, which negatively impacts your ability to rent in the future.
Check for accuracy
Before attempting to remove an eviction from your tenant screening report, it's important to ensure that the information is accurate. Sometimes, evictions can appear on your report by mistake. Therefore, you should contact the tenant screening company or credit bureau to confirm the accuracy of the information on the report.
Negotiate with the landlord
If the eviction is accurate, you may be able to negotiate with the landlord to have the eviction removed. Contact the landlord and explain the situation. Offer to pay any outstanding rent or damages owed, and ask if they would be willing to remove the eviction from your report in exchange. If the landlord agrees, make sure to get the agreement in writing.
File a dispute
If you cannot negotiate with the landlord, you can file a dispute with the tenant screening company or credit bureau. The dispute should include any evidence that the eviction was filed in error or that it has been resolved. The tenant screening company or credit bureau will then investigate the dispute and remove the eviction from your report if they find the evidence to be valid.
Seek legal help
If all else fails, you may need to seek legal help. An attorney can help you navigate the eviction process and provide guidance on how to remove the eviction from your report. They may also be able to assist you in negotiating with the landlord or filing a dispute.
Removing an eviction from your tenant screening report can be challenging, but it's not impossible. By understanding the eviction process, checking for accuracy, negotiating with the landlord, filing a dispute, or seeking legal help, you can increase your chances of removing the eviction and finding a new home.