The law allows individuals to represent themselves. Thus, you are not required to have an attorney. However, before you decide to go it alone, maybe you should read this article.
Evictions are relatively straightforward. For an experienced eviction lawyer in Utah, very little work is required. The most common reason people decide to represent themselves is to avoid the extra cost of hiring an attorney. If it’s money you are trying to save, you may want to consider the big picture.
On average, monthly rent in Utah ranges between $400 to $1,800 per unit. We charge a flat fee of $290.00 per eviction (plus $150.00 if a hearing is required). Generally, we are able to complete an eviction within 25 days (most range between 12 and 28 days). Even if you know what you are doing, plan on adding 5 to 10 days to the overall eviction without an attorney because there are extra hurdles. First, you need a judge to sign the Summons. In some counties, a clerk may take care of that for you immediately, in others, it could take several days to a week or more. Attorneys also have the benefit of electronic filing. We can have a complaint for eviction filed within a matter of minutes. If you represent yourself, you need to personally go to the courthouse each time something needs to be filed or mail it in (which adds even more time).
In the property rental and management business time is money. The longer you have a deadbeat tenant either not paying rent or destroying your property, the more it will cost you. Using a Utah eviction lawyer will allow you to get the property vacant sooner, which means you will be able to get a responsible tenant in quicker.
We are always happy to help, even if you don’t plan on hiring us. Give us a call and speak with an eviction lawyer at no cost to you.