# recovering past due rent

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has anyone gone through recovering past due rents from tenents. we had evicted our tenent July 2017. they left before eviction enforcement but there is judgement to recover the past due 3 months rent. I know where they work. wondering if anyone has gone through the process of recovery or is it too late to even try.

for good 5-6 months they were communicating that they will pay but nothing and all communications stopped with a threat like do whatever u want. i want to go thru the process just to teach them lesson even if i dont recover a dime.

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 Quote from gubbar : has anyone gone through recovering past due rents from tenents. we had evicted our tenent July 2017. they left before eviction enforcement but there is judgement to recover the past due 3 months rent. I know where they work. wondering if anyone has gone through the process of recovery or is it too late to even try. for good 5-6 months they were communicating that they will pay but nothing and all communications stopped with a threat like do whatever u want. i want to go thru the process just to teach them lesson even if i dont recover a dime. any advice is appreciated.
If you actually got a judgment already and you know where they work, I believe your lawyer can file a writ to garnish their wages if they are above a certain amount. Consult with your attorney. If you do not have an attorney and did it in small claims court, then I believe you can file the writ yourself with the court, but how you go about doing that I have no idea\it varies state to state as well from my understanding. You can also go after any bank accounts they have if you know where they bank.

That said, as a general rule, chasing after tenants is a waste of time and money. You keep the security deposit and move on after evicting them as quickly as possible. If they cause a lot of damage it would be another story, but to go crazy after a month or two of rent is usually not worth it. Which is why you always want to make sure you get a decent sized security deposit. In your case you got the judgment and they have a job you can go after, so it should not cost much to have an attorney file a writ of garnishment.
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anttorney will cost more than the rent
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I am in the same situation as OP. I got rent due of around $8000 and the renter left during notice of eviction. I won the small claims court but in Texas you can not garnish wages. I know where he works, but then how to proceed? Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0 This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users Joined Oct 2010 L9: Master 4,482 Posts 1,041 Reputation #5  Quote from Chinsurah : I am in the same situation as OP. I got rent due of around$8000 and the renter left during notice of eviction. I won the small claims court but in Texas you can not garnish wages. I know where he works, but then how to proceed?

I believe you then have to go after assets such as bank accounts via a writ of attachment or whatever terminology they use.
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 Quote from phillint : anttorney will cost more than the rent
Ain't that a fact.

It is always a cost benefit analysis. How much will attorney fees be? How likely will I even get a little/some/all of my money?
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 Quote from YanksIn2009 : I believe you then have to go after assets such as bank accounts via a writ of attachment or whatever terminology they use.
Something tells me a deadbeat like this won't have any meaningful assets.

Sorry Chinsurah, you are likley going to eat that $8k. Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0 This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users Joined Feb 2007 L10: Grand Master 6,875 Posts #8 Some states don't allow you to garnish the " head of household " screwed unless there is another person you won the eviction, 2nd comes the case for$ owed.
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