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Should Your Case Be In Small Claims Court? Three Advantages & Disadvantages

Posted by Jeremy Shorts on December 12, 2009

Utah’s small claims courts can be a beautiful tool for landlords, but it must be used correctly.  If you file a case in small claims that really belongs in district court, the judge should dismiss your case.  If this happens, not only with you have wasted months of your time but you will also lose out on filing fees and other costs you’ve paid.  You’ll then have to begin the process all over again in district court.  It is important to understand when your case does not belong in small claims.

Small Claims Advantages…

There are several important advantages to using Utah’s small claims courts:

  • First – Speed. Small claims courts are usually MUCH faster compared to district court.  You can be sitting at a trial in small claims court within 2-3 months (depending on how busy the court is).  Most cases in district court take much longer than that.
  • Second – Savings. Filing fees are cheaper in small claims court, but the biggest cost savings Read the rest of this entry »
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Utah Eviction Process – The ABCs

Posted by Jeremy Shorts on December 3, 2009

If a problem tenant has to be evicted in Utah, what rights does the landlord have and what process must be followed?  Generally, there are three steps to properly evict a dead-beat tenant.  If these are not followed strictly or properly, a judge may refuse your eviction and dismiss your case.  It is important to consult an attorney to ensure that you are complying with the law.

A – End The Lease

Ending the lease by providing proper notice to a tenant is the first step in beginning the eviction process.  By law, every tenant must be Read the rest of this entry »

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