Landlord Dom agreed to a short-term rental after he got a recommendation from a friend of his for a tenant seeking to move into his rental on a one-month verbal agreement.
Problem was, after a month, the tenant refused to leave and refused to pay more rent.
Dom’s research found that the tenant would have 90 days to vacate after a landlord files the necessary paperwork seeking eviction before being forced out by the police.
In most U.S. states where a rental contract exists, the landlord would be obligated to maintain utilities in the rental unit during the eviction proceedings. Habitability.
But this was Ecuador and there was no contract. The tenant was not paying for services or anything.
What Dom did was to cut off the tenant’s utilities one by one -- water, electricity, Internet.
The tenant vacated one day after all the utilities were cut off. That was just six days past the originally-agreed rental period.
Source: ecuadorrealestate.org's Dom Buonacami in a letter to his subscribers.