You know seem to be calming down from your first post which is where you want to be.
In the first post you wrote:
“Lastly is all the outright lying and deception. I would really like to make this guys life as hard as I possibly can.”
That post showed your frustration and desire for revenge, yes let’s just call it what it is and believe you me, we have all felt it.
You also wrote in that first post you wanted to go after him with a deficiency judgement.
You not only realize in your second post that you will never see this money but I would also point out that a deficiency judgment (as I understand it) would only come in a second suit as you would first have to re-sell the home at a LOSS. After the loss you would have to sue for whatever the loss is.
The reality is that you won’t resell at a loss, you will likely sell it the second time for more than the first, all be it on payments.
You know say that you want the eviction for other landlords.
As Don pointed out, the eviction is separate from the judgement even if you can get one. You don’t automatically get a money judgement. You will likely get possession and then the eviction will follow after the allotted time.
In our area, unless the tenant either shows up in person to court or if there is proof that the Deputy Sheriff served them IN PERSON and not just posted the notice on the door… YOU CANNOT GET A MONEY JUDGEMENT.
You will likely get possession but no money.
You are chasing shadows.
Yes, the eviction may show up on some credit check/landlord check but what does it really matter to our world? Remember I am looking at his money source. Yes, his landlord history is important. If they have an eviction then they are likely to be screened out (depending how long ago it was and any better financial changes since then).
If that new landlord doesn’t do his homework and contact me for a referral then why are we worrying about him? Yes, I will still do the eviction if the tenant does not leave on their own and that will be on file but think about it.
How many folks are never FORMALLY evicted but either move out in the middle of the night or negotiate an early exit with the landlord? Those are never on any public record but if we as landlords do contact the prior landlords directly (not always easy) then we may find this out if 2 things happen. One, the landlord is truly the landlord and not the tenants best friend pretending to be the landlord. Two, the landlord tells us the truth if they tell us anything at all. They may just be happy that this deadbeat is out of their lives and they no longer want anything to do with them.
Solution? Negotiate and only formally evict if you have to. In either case, get the unit performing and move on with life. If you need closure, rest assured that this deadbeat’s life will never change for the better financially. To me that would be misery enough.