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Squirel rent reduction (by Sue [MI]) Jun 9, 2019 10:38 PM
       Squirel rent reduction (by Richard [MI]) Jun 9, 2019 10:51 PM
       Squirel rent reduction (by small potatoes [NY]) Jun 9, 2019 11:02 PM
       Squirel rent reduction (by Robert J [CA]) Jun 10, 2019 12:20 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 10, 2019 12:51 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by NE [PA]) Jun 10, 2019 5:34 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by JKJ [MA]) Jun 10, 2019 6:48 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by LindaJ [NY]) Jun 10, 2019 8:25 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by DJ [VA]) Jun 10, 2019 8:34 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by Barb [MO]) Jun 10, 2019 8:58 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by Doogie [KS]) Jun 10, 2019 9:00 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by S i d [MO]) Jun 10, 2019 9:21 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jun 10, 2019 10:00 AM
       Squirel rent reduction (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jun 10, 2019 1:56 PM
       Squirel rent reduction (by Ed [PA]) Jun 10, 2019 7:29 PM
       Squirel rent reduction (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 10, 2019 9:04 PM
       Squirel rent reduction (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 10, 2019 9:04 PM
       Squirel rent reduction (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 10, 2019 11:18 PM
       Squirel rent reduction (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jun 12, 2019 7:35 AM

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Squirel rent reduction (by Sue [MI]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2019 10:38 PM
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Mar 17 Tenant reported a squirel in the wall/attic of historic home. Squirrel was caught by cage and removed. Tenant wanted a professional inspection which turned into paying for a quite to put in more traps for $2k. Tenant used the inspection to have the city send a letter of rodent infestation. Now the tenant writes that the squirrel problem was still active so they will not be paying the next two months rent and expect full security deposit back for their inconvenience. However we do not have to fix the squirel problem because they can live with until July 31st. I am sending a trustable critter control company tomorrow. I hope no squirrels are found. Other advice for me? --97.40.x.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2019 10:51 PM
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They are scmming you. Evict them. --71.10.xx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2019 11:02 PM
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this tenant seems like they are above your skill level. Consult a lawyer, your lease should spell out that this is not a deficiency that makes the premises (or a portion of them) uninhabitable and therefore subject to the TOPIC of consideration of a rent reduction. It should also spell out how to address non-payment of rent. Follow it.

So even if squirrels are found that does not justify non-payment of rent. In your favor is the fact that you have and continue to address the problem.

BTW what is a professional squirrel inspection and what do you get for 2K? Search for squirrels here and you will find several recent posts. Stand strong. --24.194.xx.xx




Squirel rent reduction (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 12:20 AM
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I had a low income tenant on an assistance program and she paid zero towards the rent. When the annual papers had to be filled out, she didn't bother and then got thrown out of the program.

When it came time for her to pay the rent herself out of her pocket, she reported that there were rats in her apartment. Like you she was told to withhold the rent. A city inspector came by and found rats.

I saw a shadow though her window at night what looked to be a pet cage. She had gone to the nearby pet store and purchased some rats to further her story to Housing.

We preceded to evict her. In Los Angeles a landlord can not evict a tenant with current violations pending. When the pet store owner testified in court that he had sold her some pet rats, I won my eviction case. This was way back in 1999 or 2000, when the city was a little bit more landlord friendly.

I was being set up, so it's possible it's happening to you also.

--47.156.xx.xx




Squirel rent reduction (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 12:51 AM
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Sue,

“We can love with it but we want money.”

This is a shakedown. Blackmail. They want to rob you and hurt you financially.

Once a res reports us to the city we evict.

I also suggest something else is going on - they are broke, lost jobs? Divorcing? Death in the family?

What does your lease say? This is an everyday problem in LLing and should already be in your lease. Look for verbiage about maintenance / repair delays.

Me:

1. Put eyes on and see that the squirrel is gone and holes sealed.

2. Put that in writing.

3. Happy Clause. If you are not happy here you can use the Early Lease Termination clause and leave at any time.

4. no oral communication with them. Only written text and do not get dragged into an argument.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 5:34 AM
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Yes get rid of the tenants. Squirrels happen, they're not like rats or mice.

I have squirrels on and off in one building now that I can not get under control. Can't find an entrance point. Traps set everywhere. They're more annoying than nothing else. --50.32.xxx.xx




Squirel rent reduction (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 6:48 AM
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I agree with BRAD 20,000 and others..............and I hate squirrels and sparrows, I think they know it and taunt me! --174.199.xx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 8:25 AM
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Squirrels are annoying. Personally, I like .22 option. Is their lease up July 31? You probably want them out then, so for 1 month rent, let them leave on June 30 with no penalty since the house in "uninhabitable". Be rid of them, take care of the squirrels and get another tenant. That would be my solution.

What do you get for $2k??? Unless you have a guarantee that the house is squirrel free and they are not charging you for future work, I would not give them a dime more and find another person. --108.4.xxx.xx




Squirel rent reduction (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 8:34 AM
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That's ridiculous! You are being played by the tenant and the squirrel removal company.

I am currently wrapping up (hopefully) dealing with squirrels in the attic of my rooming house. It's been months of trying to evict them. Plugged their hole - they made another. Roomer helped my by saying which way they ran when he hit the ceiling with the broom - helped me locate the new hole. Tried rat poison, pepper spray near the hole, asked for advice here.

Finally, it seems I found the trick - thanks to someone here. Strobe lights!

Put them in the 2 attic spaces, and no more noise. That means extension cords in the hall leading to the stairs, but the residents know I'm doing all I can to address the problem, so they understand.All this to say:

Your tenant is being very unreasonable. Report you to the city when you are taking action! For something that doesn't even affect their use of the space -the potential damage is to you with chewed wires. They have GOT to go!

For future: cut back any tree branches that least 6-8 feet away from the house, and cover holes with steel. They chew right through aluminum& wood. I'm old the same ones will try to come back next spring to recreate their cozy family nest in the same spot. I'll be looking fo something I can put on the wires that go to the house to try to get ahead of them.

Good luck

--68.10.xxx.x




Squirel rent reduction (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 8:58 AM
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They didn’t pay June rent, so file for eviction under your state and local laws.

That “professional “ took you for a ride. --64.251.xxx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 9:00 AM
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This seems to resemble a professional tenant. Get rid of them now. Happy clause, nonpayment of rent, whatever it takes. Consult an attorney and get started. I see this problem going on forever. How do you ever certify a house "squirrel free"? --72.209.xxx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 9:21 AM
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Send the tenants a Pet Fee bill for $150 per squirrel. ;-)

Kidding, but seriously...these tenants are running the show. Time to take back control.

Every state has laws regarding if/when rent can be withheld. Consult your Attorney General's website to start with. In 99% of cases, tenants do NOT know the correct process and simply make up rules figuring the scared land lord "doesn't want trouble" and will let them do whatever they want.

The minute they fail to pay rent as agreed, I would begin legal proceedings to recover possession of the premises. Agreed with Brad that they're probably broke and are using this as an excuse not to pay. --173.20.xxx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 10:00 AM
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A packet of Sweeney's Poison Peanuts is the best way to get rid of gophers. I bet it would work on squirrels, too. --98.146.xxx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 1:56 PM
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In my house, it's a constant battle with Norway Tree Rats. Big suckers. They see warm attic and bore their way into the attic every winter. We hired a monthly service to lay traps in attic, inspect for entry points, and put poison boxes around the house. It works, but every winter is a whole new battle.

Luckily the coyotes, bobcats, and rat snakes help curtail the population. But squirrels and rats can tunnel through wood siding like it's nothing. I even saw a rat gnaw through a metal soffit vent 30 ft overhead. Climbed up the rock exterior.

You will always have squirrels and that's just something the tenant will have to live with.

Basically, like everyone said, she's playing you so you need to get rid of her. --108.69.xxx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by Ed [PA]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 7:29 PM
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Squirrels are cute and their antics are entertaining, sounds like a rent increase for the service provided.

If the trapped squirrels are not moved at least 10 miles away or killed they will find their way back. Have a Heart Squirrel traps at Lowes are only $25, I can't believe $2K to get them out. Pest company and tenant are both taking advantage of you. --71.112.xxx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 9:04 PM
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I had one trapped in an attic and asked the guy to bring it over to my home. It is now living in an empty garage in a horrible foreclosure across the street. It has made a friend and comes over for peanuts daily. No problem. Yeah it soundsl ike your squirrel searcher scammed you for two K. They want your money for a downpayment on another rental. Probable there is also damage by them and they want to get a couple months of rent off you because you will need to keep their security. If they don't pay, file for eviction and that will be on their slimy record. --173.61.xxx.xx




Squirel rent reduction (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 9:04 PM
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I had one trapped in an attic and asked the guy to bring it over to my home. It is now living in an empty garage in a horrible foreclosure across the street. It has made a friend and comes over for peanuts daily. No problem. Yeah it soundsl ike your squirrel searcher scammed you for two K. They want your money for a downpayment on another rental. Probable there is also damage by them and they want to get a couple months of rent off you because you will need to keep their security. If they don't pay, file for eviction and that will be on their slimy record. --173.61.xxx.xx




Squirel rent reduction (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2019 11:18 PM
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This whole thing sounds squirrelly!

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




Squirel rent reduction (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2019 7:35 AM
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I have squirrels outside most of my units.

As long that they stay outside - life is good --24.101.xxx.xx



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