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Should tenant pay? (by Joanie [AZ]) Feb 3, 2019 5:48 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by plenty [MO]) Feb 3, 2019 5:51 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 3, 2019 6:02 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Joanie [AZ]) Feb 3, 2019 6:09 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by plenty [MO]) Feb 3, 2019 6:17 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Still Learning [NH]) Feb 3, 2019 6:29 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Jim In O C [CA]) Feb 3, 2019 6:45 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Jason [VA]) Feb 3, 2019 6:53 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Vee [OH]) Feb 3, 2019 6:59 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 3, 2019 7:10 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by cjl [NY]) Feb 3, 2019 7:25 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by RentsDue [MA]) Feb 3, 2019 8:22 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Busy [WI]) Feb 3, 2019 8:30 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Busy [WI]) Feb 3, 2019 8:40 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Hoosier [IN]) Feb 3, 2019 8:48 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 3, 2019 10:00 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Joanie [AZ]) Feb 3, 2019 3:44 PM
       Should tenant pay? (by Joanie [AZ]) Feb 3, 2019 3:44 PM
       Should tenant pay? (by small potatoes [NY]) Feb 3, 2019 7:49 PM
       Should tenant pay? (by myob [GA]) Feb 4, 2019 6:46 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Tom [FL]) Feb 4, 2019 9:23 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Tom [FL]) Feb 4, 2019 9:23 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Tom [FL]) Feb 4, 2019 9:23 AM
       Should tenant pay? (by Busy [WI]) Feb 4, 2019 10:49 AM
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Should tenant pay? (by Joanie [AZ]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 5:48 AM
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New doorknob put in 2 months ago.

Tenant called said it was broke.

It was hanging outside - didnt go inside to fix yet.

Her son said they didnt have key so had to take it out.

Should they pay for my handyman and new knob/? They have been with me 16 years. They just paid for a bb gun shot in their bedroom window and the kid said it was his friend that did it. The Mother tells a different story !!!

--174.17.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 5:51 AM
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Its possible it just broke yes. Regardless of the reasons you go over there fix and asses . Maybe it's on them maybe not --99.203.xx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 6:02 AM
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Interior doorknob (ie, bedroom, bathroom, closet doorknob) or exterior doorknob (ie, front/back/side door)?

For something that was just put in 2 months ago, it might not have been originally installed correctly. --96.46.xxx.xx




Should tenant pay? (by Joanie [AZ]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 6:09 AM
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It is the back outside door to get into the house.

The whole handle is hanging down-they put tape on it to keep handle (doorknob) on the door. Havent gone over yet to see the inside of the door.

There is a front door they could have gone to or made a spare key.

That is why I am wondering exactly what went on !!! --174.17.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 6:17 AM
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I had this exact thing happen yesterday. It was not the tenants fault. The design of the lockset is the cause in my case. We just used a screw driver to reinstall...my husband said i didn't quite install it right. --99.203.xx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 6:29 AM
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16 year tenancy, I would probably replace unless I could tell there was additional damage. With the window incident and this, I would pay attention to if it continues on this path of damage the tenants and their friends are causing it may be time to either increase rent or end the lease. --24.61.xxx.xx




Should tenant pay? (by Jim In O C [CA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 6:45 AM
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I had to install two new outside locks that were only six months old. I used Quickset instead of Home Depotís brand and they were still poor quality. --99.23.xxx.x




Should tenant pay? (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 6:53 AM
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"She didn't have the key and had to take it off"

Yes, this is her responsibility 100%. What does your lease say about lockouts?

To me, it doesn't matter how long of a tenancy it is. This is a business, not a charity. If you train them that it's alright to tear up your place with no financial repercussions, what's going to stop them from reconsidering the next bit of damage?

Buy a new lock, send your handyman to replace it and then send them the bill.

A responsible tenant would have called you to let them in or would have contacted a locksmith. They didn't act responsibly and now they're responsible for their actions. --73.177.xxx.xx




Should tenant pay? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 6:59 AM
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If she took it off she was inside already, the retaining screws are on the inside, they should pay and to rekey the new one to your property master. They should pay for the window, ask for a police report on both incidents, where was the broken glass found?

--76.188.xxx.x




Should tenant pay? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 7:10 AM
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They have been your tenants for a long time. Look at it this way, the profit you've made from them over the years really adds up. A little good will goes a long way. Since we are only talking about a minor expense, I wouldn't push it.

In a case like this I'd asked the tenant how did it break? By itself or with a little help from someone? You can offer to pay half? But I'd just eat it.

When one of my father's tenants moved after 7 years he was almost in tears! Why? Because the fixing of the unit was going to cost us $7,000. Nothing was from abuse, just normal wear and tear. I told my dad I wised we had 100 tenants like this with similar costs. He were perplexed! I explained, we made in rental profit from this tenant over $72,000 over the 7 years. Putting back in $5,000 of this is a win. We will get another good tenant and keep the income stream.... He agreed. Then we purchased a bunchof properties together over the next 10 years. --47.156.xx.xx




Should tenant pay? (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 7:25 AM
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You answered your own question when you stated "Her son said they didnt have key so had to take it out."

Yes, go fix and replace. Yes, charge them. You may want to advise them to get an "extra key" and put it somewhere so if this should occur again - they aren't breaking something to enter.

Also - if your lease doesn't already state this make sure it does (and if it does hold to it!) regarding "it wasn't us, it was so-n-so (guest of some sort)". The TENANT is responsible for ALL that goes on in and on the property. I advise them as I'm reviewing the lease with them that I do understand that guests may not know the rules or "care" but it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that they follow them. This is for everything - plumbing stoppages (flushing something that they shouldn't be), damage to walls, windows, doors, equipment, etc. YOU will be held responsible for it. YOU can then get whatever the cost is back from THEM. --69.201.xx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 8:22 AM
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Replace it with keyless entry. You wonít ever get the lost key excuse again. --71.10.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 8:30 AM
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You gave them the key when you put the lock on there, correct? Then, yes, they pay for it.

Sixteen years and they still donít call you before damaging property? Not my kind of tenant.

Btw, I put a deadbolt and a closet knob on my exterior doors. I donít use they door knob that has the key on exterior, thumb turn on interior. Too many tenants go out of house without house key, set the thumb turn to lock , then are locked out. The deadbolt provides the security anyway. A few tenants have questioned it at move-in, wanting to know if it is secure with just one lock (deadbolt), I have offered to add a second deadbolt ( I would have to add the third hole, obviously,) but, so far, no one has taken me up on that. With deadbolt only, not possible for tenant to lock door without using key.

I also always give my tenants one extra key , that they may give to a trusted family member or friend. (Be sure not to say this in front of anyone NOT on the lease. Donít want anyone to pressure tenant for a key.) I have locks rekeyed between tenants, so donít worry about getting keys back. All deadbolts on the property keyed the same, so one key fits all locks on that property. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 8:40 AM
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Rents due, do you get finger smudges on the number pad that would indicate what numbers are used?

That is my concern for my houses. My tenants seem to leave a lot of fingerprints around doorknobs, cabinet knobs, so Iím concerned that ten numbers on a key pad, and thousands of combination possibilities would be reduced to four numbers (still lots of possibilities) just through finger smudge. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 8:48 AM
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My answer would depend on how good the tenant has been in the past. If this is a rare thing, I'd fix it first, and assess during the repair if you can tell for sure how it was damaged. If they are otherwise good tenants, and you suspect it might have been installed wrong or defective, fix it at your cost. If you see it's been beat with a hammer, charge them.

I saw Jason's comment about "this is a business, not a charity". I agree that it's a business, but that's why if they have been a good tenant and you want to keep them, you make a FINANCIAL DECISION to fix it on your dime and keep them rather than losing an otherwise good tenant over a $15 doorknob. I use landlord locks so no re-keying or locksmith is required and I can change a door handle in about 10 minutes. --99.92.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 10:00 AM
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"There is a front door they could have gone to or made a spare key."

"Her son said they didnt have key so had to take it out."

They've lived with you for 16 years. The doorknob is 2 months old.

Did you give them a key to the back door when you changed doorknobs?

Is the back door lock keyed the same as the front door?

You also might look into an exterior doorknob that's just a non-locking doorknob, with a separate lock above it.

But make sure both doors are keyed-alike.

I wouldn't get too feisty with a 16-year tenant over a $30 doorknob. --96.46.xxx.xx




Should tenant pay? (by Joanie [AZ]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 3:44 PM
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PROBLEM IS SOLVED.

WENT OVER WITH HANDYMAN - THE LATCH BROKE - he put on a new one and everything is good.

Cant figure out the story of the kid, but it doesnt matter.

It is fixed.

My dime.Thanks for all the advice. --174.17.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Joanie [AZ]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 3:44 PM
Message:

PROBLEM IS SOLVED.

WENT OVER WITH HANDYMAN - THE LATCH BROKE - he put on a new one and everything is good.

Cant figure out the story of the kid, but it doesnt matter.

It is fixed.

My dime.Thanks for all the advice. --174.17.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2019 7:49 PM
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that said, the tenant has been w/ you 16 years. Perhaps the teen is aging in to problem territory, vis a vis the bb gun incident. Latch breaks from excess force? --100.2.xx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2019 6:46 AM
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16 years-------- who has a tenant for 16 years? That's got to be some sweet rental rate?

When you puttin in new carpet and painting? --99.103.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2019 9:23 AM
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Evict the house beaters!!!

AND

time to raise their belt market rents. --99.56.xx.xx




Should tenant pay? (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2019 9:23 AM
Message:

Evict the house beaters!!!

AND

time to raise their belt market rents. --99.56.xx.xx




Should tenant pay? (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2019 9:23 AM
Message:

Evict the house beaters!!!

AND

time to raise their belt market rents. --99.56.xx.xx




Should tenant pay? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2019 10:49 AM
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Tom, when you hit submit, watch for the thin blue line underneath MrLandlord at the top of your screen. Give it a couple of seconds. If, after a few seconds, no blue line starts appearing, then try submit ONCE more.

Unless you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted them out . *grins* --70.92.xxx.xxx




Should tenant pay? (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2019 12:48 PM
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You are correct Busy of WI I double click or triple click to quickly. --99.56.xx.xx



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