Letters to the Editor

Don’t complicate evictions

I am not a lawyer, but I have owned rental property in Lexington since the mid-1970s.

A recent commentary said that “only about one percent of those issued eviction notices are represented by any sort of legal counsel, clearly an important reason the vast majority of those cases end in eviction.”

What I believe is called the forcible detainer statute says that if I don’t pay my rent, the court would require that I vacate the premises. I can’t begin to remember how many judges I have heard explain this to tenants who have not paid. No excuses, no matter how appealing. So the court will not force the owner of rental property to allow a tenant to stay for free.

Also, the court-ordered evictions I have observed were carried out under the supervision of a Fayette County constable.

Having all tenants represented by legal counsel would slow an apparently simple process down to a crawl. If the tenant has counsel, the landlord would probably feel a need to be represented, and you would have a time-consuming adversarial confrontation.

John C. Wolff Jr.