Age-old Eviction Practices Get a Modern Update

Nationwide Eviction keeps property managers out of the courtroom with a standardized, automated processing system.


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(This article was written for and appeared in MultiFamily Executive)

Nationwide Eviction’s web portal keeps all documentation for various cases in one accessible location.
It’s not one of the more enjoyable tasks for a property owner or manager, but a reality that most will have to face: handling evictions.

To make the potentially disruptive process run more smoothly, Nationwide Eviction, a company founded by multifamily property owners and managers, provides a web-based portal for eviction services that streamlines the process and connects property managers with experienced attorneys.

“The founders of the company noticed that just about every aspect of property management has been streamlined and automated except for eviction,” says David Merrill, the firm’s national account executive. “Going to court and filing an eviction is the archaic method. They were determined to find a better way that could be used across different jurisdictions.”

Nationwide Eviction serves as a central hub for eviction case management, with documentation customized based on the requirements of local courts. Users can track every case in one location and in real time; receive email alerts and status updates as a case progresses; and dismiss cases or request writs online. Multiple accounts with customized levels of access can be created to keep everyone in the loop, without anyone having to set foot in a courtroom.

Going to court to file for eviction or sit through a hearing can be tedious and time-consuming, Merrill says, taking managers away from what they do best.

“When they have to spend hours in courtrooms filing evictions to deal with the 2% of tenants that don’t pay, that takes them away from spending time serving the 98% of great tenants,” he says.

Nationwide Eviction works with independent landlords and large developers, including a majority of the nation’s top 100 multifamily management groups, Merrill says. The primary benefits vary for each user segment. Large management companies might lose more significant amounts of time or money to process a greater number of eviction cases across states. And smaller firms often aren’t as familiar with the process, leading to frustration or errors, and may have difficulty taking time off from work to go to court.

In addition to providing eviction case services, Nationwide Eviction also offers comprehensive reports for executives to stay up to date on operations across their portfolio, including an end-of-month summary and trend reporting.

While the costs per eviction case vary widely across jurisdictions, Merrill notes that filing through Nationwide Eviction is often less expensive than filing individually, since the company can obtain bulk pricing on eviction filings due to the number of cases they process.

As more of our daily life takes place online, Merrill predicts this process will soon become commonplace.

“A lot of people are still going to court to file eviction, but a few years from now, you won’t even be able to imagine doing it any other way than online,” he says.

While it might not make having to evict tenants any more pleasant, it will at least make the process a little easier.

Laura McNulty is an associate editor for Hanley Wood’s residential construction group. Connect with her on Twitter @LMcNulty_HW.

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Once the standard : Now Obsolete

19gadnnsbbmz0jpg During our sales meeting today we got on a tangent and started talking about obsolete technology that was the standard during its time. We had a lot of laughs and that got us creating this fun list:

  1. Floppy Disks: I was downloading a new app on my phone the other day and noticed that it was 65mb. For some reason, I thought about the old 3.5 inch 1.44 mb floppy drives.  Started doing the math in my head… how many would this take….?
  2. Analog Film. Haven’t seen these for years. I thought of these last time I flew and saw a picture of one on a TSA warning sign. I looked over at it like what the heck is that? Oh yeah. Film.
  3. Cassettes: I still own these, and have a cassette deck. They’re in my storage unit. Somewhere and likely covered in dust. Don’t forget the #2 pencil to fix them!
  4. Rotary Phones: These came up while watching Simon Sinek’s Start with Why TED talk video. He talks about late adopters that only have touch tone phones because they can’t buy rotary phones anymore. I wonder if they have mobile phones yet. What did we do before we do before mobile phones!
  5. CB Radios: Hey Bandit! You’ve got a smokey in the grass on the SC 100 mile marker. I installed one in my vehicle with an external speaker for “public address” back in college. Do truckers even have these anymore?
  6. Answering Machines: It has been said that millennials don’t check voicemail anymore. My 25 year old fiancee is all the proof I need. I don’t think people even use stand alone voice recorders anymore.
  7. CRT TV’s: Don’t even get me started on the warm up time and power draw. I couldn’t even give away my last one.
  8. Pay Phones: Love it when I see where these used to be. Who pays for individual calls anymore? Mobile/VoIP anyone?
  9. Typewriters: Back in the 80’s I thought that I was the hot stuff when I turned in a paper that I typed on a typewriter. Everyone else was still hand writing papers. Don’t think I have seen one since the 80s.
  10. Pagers: I’ll admit I saved enough Mountain Dew / Pepsi points in high school and got a pager with a $5 a month service plan. It made me feel cool and got me an early out from a number of bad dates.
  11. Calculators: Yet another job taken over my the mobile device. I don’t even use the calculator app on my computer anymore. I just google the math now.
  12. Encyclopedias: Still a dork,  I love science, math, history and facts in general. These were a fun read for me back in the day. Today, ask a 10 year old what an encyclopedia is and they’ll likely have to google it. (Surprisingly wikipedia was the 3rd search result. I would have guessed #1)
  13. Paper: Not sure how I forgot this one until I was about to upload this post. With the exception being a flyer reminding me of a conference where I am speaking next week I don’t have a sheet on my desk.

You may ask how this relates to our business….. imagine being 5-10 years in the future looking back thinking…. “I can’t believe that we used to manually fill out forms and spend hours in court just to do an eviction. We do it all online now!” We may look back to paper filing the same way we look at typewriters and rotary phones.

(Thanks to for the images)

David Merrill


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We offer additional services in Texas!


If you know Nationwide Eviction you know that we handle evictions, but did you know that we may be able to do more?

We can also handle the following ancillary services in Texas:

Pauper Hearings : $150
Voucher Hearings : $150
Surety Bond Hearings : $125
Complex Case Hearings : $85
Re-Service Fee County filing fees, plus $75 fee
Release of Judgement : $50
Document Retrieval
Surety Appeal
Pauper’s Appeal
Paid Bond
District Appeal
Pauper Pending
Vouched Bond
*The prices listed are for each service are in addition to the standard filing fees and our fees.

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Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from Everyone at Nationwide Eviction!

Here at Nationwide Eviction we are starting the new year by working to increase our client outreach through social media. A lot of our growth has come from word of mouth referrals and we want to encourage even more it via social media

My name is David Merrill. While I am visiting clients based in San Antonio, Texas, I am based in Charlotte, NC and will be writing our weekly blog. I’ll try to blog mostly about what inspires me, motivates me, and a few business trends… but I am sure I’ll cover a variety of other subjects too. Please let me know what inspires and motivates you – I might draw from some of your inspiration!

Unlike most people, this is the time of year that avoid the gym. I avoid it at all costs and not just because of the increased crowds. Many Americans make the New Year resolution to either lose weight, work out more, or both. I could certainly stand to do both, but this is when I take that gym time-out, really buckle down, and try to create better work habits.

When I say that I try to create better work habits, that doesn’t mean that I work more, longer, or harder. And it doesn’t apply only to work. It means that I try to reflect more. It means that I reassess the value and importance of what I do. If an unimportant process doesn’t add value I either try to find a way to fix it or eliminate it. Even when a process does add value, I ask myself, if there is way to do it better, faster, and more efficiently.

In the new year, we take on the efforts our resolutions in addition to our “normal” work/life load. And let’s face it – everyone is busy. This time of year we are extra busy. At Nationwide Eviction We believe talented people should be able to spend their time, money and resources doing things that create value for themselves and their stakeholders” It’s part of our “Why” and one of the reasons that we do what we do.

To close my first blog, I’d like to ask you to reflect and reassess a few things that you do in both your personal and professional lives. What changes are you making and what value you have gained in doing it. Let us know! We might all learn from you!

Thanks for reading my first blog and HAPPY 2015!

David Merrill
p: 704.935.2232
a: 309 E. Morehead St. Suite 150 Charlotte, NC 28202

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Faster Eviction Process for NC Property Owners: House Bill 802 Signed

We are happy to announce that Governor Pat McCrory has signed House Bill 802.  This bill reduces the amount of time required to file an eviction on a non-paying tenant through several revisions to the current process.  In short, this law includes the following factors which will help landlords reduce the time it takes to evict a non-paying tenant:State of North Carolina

 This legislation addresses some of the areas in the system that can assist in speeding up the eviction process as follows:

  • requires magistrates to make their decisions the same day of the conclusion of the evidence, except magistrates may take 5 days for more complex summary ejectment cases which are spelled out in the bill
  • requires Magistrates to not continue a case for more than 5 days unless the parties agree
  • allows a magistrate to continue a case for not more than five days or until the next session of court, whichever is longer, unless the parties have both consented
  • reduces the time frame from 20 days to 10 days to pay the costs of court to appeal a case; as a result of the shortened timeframe, tenant appeals are likely to significantly decrease
  • requires the tenant in an appeal to state a defense orally or in writing and make any necessary bond payments or the landlord can file a motion to dismiss the appeal
  • reduces from 10 days to 7 days the time required to hold a tenant’s property once a summary ejectment is won and a writ to obtain the rental property is executed

This law does not go into effect until September 1, 2013.  As you read the details of the bill provided below, please keep the following specifications in mind:

  • This bill considers days as “calendar” rather than “business” days
  • To begin the 7 day timeframe to eviction, landlords must (1) have a lockout performed by the Sheriff; and (2) inform the tenant (in person or in writing) that they can retrieve their property from the unit anytime during the property’s regular business hours (this would include weekend hours)

These new specifications will be a great benefit to landlord’s that are faced with the need to evict a non-paying tenant.  Many North Carolina housing providers have struggled for many years with the length of the process for evicting a non-paying tenant. Each day that the tenant remains in the rental unit is another day of unpaid rent and another day that the unit cannot be prepared and marketed for a new tenant. In some urban areas of the state it takes 45 days or more to complete the eviction (12% of the income producing capability for that property).  Source: Greater Charlotte Apartment Association

For more information about House Bill 802, please click here.

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Improving the SC Eviction Process with Nationwide Eviction


The goal for us here at Nationwide Eviction is to simplify managing the eviction process. This holds especially true for the South Carolina eviction process as laid out in the process flow diagram. Nationwide Eviction eliminates the need for property managers to go to court, saving countless hours that could be better spent actually managing the property. Nationwide Eviction also fronts all court costs, eliminating the need for petty cash.

Be sure to join us for an SC Eviction Seminar 1-16-2013 @ River Hills Country Club in the River Room from 10am-2pm. 1 Country Club Drive Lake Wylie (Clover) REGISTER:

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What is an “unlawful detainer” anyway?


Property managers often call and ask why we call it an “unlawful detainer” action when we file an “eviction”. This week, I’m going to explain the types of entries that can be made onto land. I’m also going to explain the reason why a landlord who accepts a partial payment from a tenant during an unlawful detainer proceeding always loses the case.

There are two types of entry onto land: lawful entry and unlawful entry. A tenant makes a “lawful” entry onto property when he takes possession pursuant to a lease agreement with the owner of the property. The tenant’s guests make “lawful” entries onto the property when they visit at the tenant’s request. An “unlawful” entry, in contrast, would be a thief, trespasser, or squatter, who enters the property without the knowledge or consent of the owner. An “unlawful detainer action” – which most of you are familiar with – is a court action which deals with a person whose original lawful entry onto / legal possession of the property is now unlawful. This contrasts to a trespass action or a forcible entry and seizure, where there was no original lawful entry/ legal possession.

 Therefore, in order to maintain an “unlawful detainer action” a landlord must first render the tenant’s occupancy of the property “unlawful”. A tenant’s “lawful” entry becomes “unlawful” after the tenant fails to cure his or her material default under a lease agreement.

Alabama law allows a landlord to terminate a lease agreement with a 7 Day Cure notice. Some of you call this a “Notice of Nonpayment” while others call it a “Notice of Rental Agreement Noncompliance” – it means, in essence, that a tenant has breached a covenant of the lease (namely, their obligation to pay rent on time and in full) and that if they fail to fix or “cure” their default within seven days the lease is null and void. After the expiration of the 7 Day Cure period, the tenant’s “lawful” entry becomes an “unlawful” holding of the property and you can maintain an action in District Court. Keep in mind, though, that if you accept a partial payment from a tenant, your 7 Day Cure notice is no longer valid because you have failed to render their entry “unlawful”. This is one of the simplest ways a Landlord can lose an unlawful detainer action – that is going to be the subject of my next post.

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