What to do if I evicted my past tenant but don’t have a forwarding address or phone number for her?

I want to know how I can collect on past due rent. Can I put a lien against her car? Or against her ex-husband’s alimony payments? I know the amount of alimony she receives can pay for the money owed.

Asked on January 23, 2013 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You first need to get the new address for the former tenant to serve her with an intended lawsuit for past rent that is not paid. I suggest that you contact her "ex" for the new address for service of the summons and complaint. Looking online might help as well for a new address location for her.

You cannot lien the car prior to getting a judgment against her. You can lien the payments of the "ex" due the former tenant after you get a judgment and perform the required levy.


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