There are certain things you should not say in court…and sometimes you are not allowed to speak at all. More than a matter of courtroom decorum, if you are a non-attorney property manager representing a corporation, you do not have subject matter jurisdiction in a contested tenant eviction. Thus you could be left speechless in eviction.
“Your Honor, the landlord’s representative is to an attorney and is trying to represent a corporation. He does not get to talk.”
A property manager may show up to represent an owner, but unless he is the owner’s attorney, he does not have a legal say in what goes on (in which case his cause may not get very far).
The property management company can file tenant eviction paperwork as long as the eviction is uncontested and for possession only (not money). However, if the tenant raises a legal defense, then either the property owner has to represent himself or herself in court, or be represented by legal counsel.