I was chatting with a guy who came to see me speak at the local real estate investor's association meeting last week and he asked if I had a source for getting eviction leads.
Turns out these leads are hard to get but in terms of seller motivation you'd be had pressed to find a better lead.
Back in the day when I was managing my own properties, if someone had contacted me when I was in the midst of an eviction to make me an offer on my property, the answer would have been a resounding (and exasperated) YES!
So, although I don't know of a leads service that sells these lists (if you do please pop it in the comments below), I can offer you a solution to get these hot leads manually.
You can see the case numbers in most counties online for free. You will search civil court dockets and look for Forcible Entry & Detainer (FED) cases under Hearing Type. (This may look different in your county or may not be available at all. If in doubt call the court house and ask.)
Here's what the upcoming week's court docket looks like for Denver county…
You can find it at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Docket.cfm
Out of 665 cases, there are 9 eviction actions or FED under Hearing Type.
Here's one filed by 301 Bryant St LLC. That's a landlord and I'm guessing the property is at 301 Bryant St. 🙂
Then you can use Google to research to get the address and phone number of the landlord filing the case.
Or you can just send someone straight to the clerk window to get the landlord name, address and phone from each file. They usually have their cell phone there to coordinate with the sheriff.
At that point, instead of direct mail, its easier to just call the landlord direct from the 3 day notice and writ.
And there you go! Just one more motivated lead source for you.