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Tenant Trouble

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LITTLE ROCK -

When a landlord asks a tenant to go and the answer is no, tensions rise and rental income falls…quickly.

One Little Rock landlord called Seven-On-Your-Side when he couldn't get squatters to leave his rent house.

Don Campbell says by the time this ordeal is over he will have lost at least three months rent…and learned a valuable lesson.

For years Campbell and his family lived on Pine Cove Drive in southwest Little Rock.

When they moved, he turned his home into a rental property.

He bought several other homes on the street and rents them out too.

It is the tenant at 3616 Pine Cove Drive that has been giving him trouble.

"I never did get my deposit nor have I gotten any rent since November the 7th," says Campbell.

"So for two months they have lived here rent free?"

"Rent free," answers Campbell.

"What is your frustration with trying to get them out?"

"My frustration is the law…it works slow when a tenant gets in your house," says Campbell.

There are two ways to evict a tenant…a civil eviction or a criminal eviction.

Criminal evictions are cheaper and used when a tenant isn't paying rent. 

But they also take longer.

Campbell finally seems to have gotten his tenant's attention.  Friends were moving her out while we were there.

Finally.

"The law should work more (for) the landlord," believes Campbell.  "Because in my situation…I still have a mortgage on the house. I still have taxes and insurance. So there is two months went by that I haven't received anything. So it has almost put me in a destitute situation as a landlord."

And Campbell has no idea what the inside of the house will look like.

Campbell says he has learned that if tenants have to struggle to get in they will likely struggle to stay in.

Unfortunately, he says his days of taking a chance on somebody with a hard luck story are over.

Air date:  January 30th, 2013