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Tenant's damage (by LITX [TX]) Oct 15, 2020 2:08 AM
       Tenant's damage (by Robert J [CA]) Oct 15, 2020 2:42 AM
       Tenant's damage (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Oct 15, 2020 6:00 AM
       Tenant's damage (by plenty [MO]) Oct 15, 2020 7:25 AM
       Tenant's damage (by plenty [MO]) Oct 15, 2020 7:25 AM
       Tenant's damage (by David [MI]) Oct 15, 2020 8:56 AM
       Tenant's damage (by LiTX [TX]) Oct 15, 2020 10:11 AM
       Tenant's damage (by David [MI]) Oct 15, 2020 10:33 AM
       Tenant's damage (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Oct 15, 2020 12:17 PM
       Tenant's damage (by Vee [OH]) Oct 15, 2020 12:44 PM
       Tenant's damage (by RobertOntarioCanada [ON]) Oct 15, 2020 1:45 PM
       Tenant's damage (by Hoosier [IN]) Oct 15, 2020 3:34 PM
       Tenant's damage (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Oct 16, 2020 10:06 AM

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Tenant's damage (by LITX [TX]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 2:08 AM
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How long do you guys give the tenants to repair their damages? We have a guy who damaged and cracked 2 doors. He is wanting to patch it up and we told him he have to replace it, patching will not be acceptable. We are wanting to send someone over to give him an estimate, he kept declining for them to look at it, because he is wanting to get someone he knows to do the work. I am not sure I can trust someone else work. This is one of the difficult tenant and I plan on letting him go soon. I would like for him to take care most of the damages while he is still there.

What would you guys do?

TIA! --68.116.xxx.xx




Tenant's damage (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 2:42 AM
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When a tenant causes damages to a rental, and two weeks before they move out, I conduct an inspection. I write down, take pictures and provide an estimate and detailed work that needed to restore something.

In the event of a door and/or door frame that was split due to a tenants children locking themselves out of a bedroom and not knowing that a paper clip can spring the lock open from the center hole in the handle -- they split the door jamb and cracked the door.

I explain that a repair on a moving door will open up the crack and cracks on a door frame and/or door offers less security that a door that's never been split. I include:

Buying the door and frame, transporting it to the property. Having a handyman cut, fit, recess the hinges and cut the hold for the door lock. Installing the new frame, door, priming and painting them. Total cost around $400....

If they go to repair it, that won't be acceptable... A door isn't a wall that only needs a new drywall and plaster...

If the tenant doesn't like it, then it will be deducted from the deposit or I can go after them in small claims court.

One tenant went to a garage sale and picked up the same inside door. One hinge had to be adjusted and the door lock jamb plate adjusted. It cost $25 to install.... --47.155.xx.xxx




Tenant's damage (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 6:00 AM
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With damages it is only to continue where the doors damaged will need to be replaced. Only if can pick up a used door or seconds door at the Habitat for Humanity restores. Any damages done is not going to be cheap. No one wants a rental house or rental unit completely trashed out where it can easily add up to $10,000 dollars worth of damage. Substandard work is not going to cut it. Finally running thorough credit checks on all adult applicants minimizes problem tenants where can view some videos on You Tube from the tenants from hell. --147.194.xxx.xx




Tenant's damage (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 7:25 AM
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Your lease may give you the answer. Mine says we will fix and bill you. The lease says how the rent money is applied. It's easy to want to give the tenant time and wait for them to fix. Usually they dont have or make the time and resources to get it done... if they had those things it wouldn't have gotten damaged to begin with. Read your lease and follow the instructions. When you get push back remind them of this written agreement and that is the go to paper on how things are handled. --99.203.xxx.xxx




Tenant's damage (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 7:25 AM
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Your lease may give you the answer. Mine says we will fix and bill you. The lease says how the rent money is applied. It's easy to want to give the tenant time and wait for them to fix. Usually they dont have or make the time and resources to get it done... if they had those things it wouldn't have gotten damaged to begin with. Read your lease and follow the instructions. When you get push back remind them of this written agreement and that is the go to paper on how things are handled. --99.203.xxx.xxx




Tenant's damage (by David [MI]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 8:56 AM
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NO NO NO. Never ever tell a tenant they can do repairs themselves. "I will have my handyman come repair and let you know how much to add to next months rent."

I also follow that rule for damages at moveout. I DO NOT tell them they can do the repairs themselves, because then it becomes an argument over whether the repairs were done correctly.

So if he is moving out in a month or two, I would just forget about the issue and deal with whatever the state the house is in when he moves out.

--50.4.xxx.x




Tenant's damage (by LiTX [TX]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 10:11 AM
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My lease said we fix and bill him. Issue here is getting tenant to cooperate. I am waiting after this year to let him go, so we won’t have issue dealing with the moratorium. It may be best to deal w it once he is out, since he have the tendency to not pay his bills. --68.116.xxx.xx




Tenant's damage (by David [MI]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 10:33 AM
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If it is not a health & safety issue (like smoke alarms, broken windows etc), then I would tell him again, that per the lease, you fix it and bill him. If he doesn't cooperate, then I would not bother him any more. When he moves out, bill him for whatever the condition the doors are in. --50.4.xxx.x




Tenant's damage (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 12:17 PM
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I don't allow tenants to fix things. They usually just make the problem worse. Like David, I will immediately fix andy health and safety issues and then ask for reimbursement. If they don't cough up the money (I give them 3 days) then I just make sure my pictures and 'diary' of the damages are deducted from the Security/Cleaning deposit when they move and that they have been notified. No use fixing all the little stuff if it's just going to be more later. Broken windows, rips in carpet, anything involving electricity or gas get fixed pronto. --72.199.xx.xxx




Tenant's damage (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 12:44 PM
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the damage gets added to the next rent cycle - 1 (one) payment is the way to deflect the eviction process as tenants often forget about any payment arrangements. --76.188.xxx.xxx




Tenant's damage (by RobertOntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 1:45 PM
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Have the vandalism repaired with a contractor then amortize the cost of repairs into the rent. Say $50 to $100 more per month until the vandalism is paid for. By making repairs reasonable then the vandalism will continue. Remember at the apartment building when applied for a above guideline rent increase under rent control where cleared all the vandalism. Tenants wanted the rent to stay to same after extensive renovations and repairs were done. Tenants said that was unfair that cost of renovations or repairs where they had to pay for it which was amortized into the above guideline rent increase. Told the tenants that the costs of vandalism was put into the above guideline increase where after that the vandalism stopped. The only way to stop vandalism is that vandalism has to be paid for. Once out if the costs are not paid for then take them to small claims court. Take pictures of the broken doors so will have evidence in small claims court. It is not their house where they are renting a space which means they do not cause vandalism. The solid suite entrance door was replaced with a steel fired rated door, grade one locks along with the broken glass in the balcony door was replaced. Oh that was expensive. --147.194.xxx.xx




Tenant's damage (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Oct 15, 2020 3:34 PM
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We don't allow tenant to do repairs, and this is stated in the lease. To be fair however, our lease states they can have us fix and bill them or they can get a licensed PROFESSIONAL contractor to make the repair. In some cases no license is required, like replacing a door...but we would have to approve the contractor as a competent business. Usually the tenant finds out we can fix it for far less than any professional will charge them, so they let us do it. In some cases I've told the tenant we'll have two contractors give estimates and they can pick the lower price if they want...but we pick the contractors to ensure good quality work. --99.92.xxx.xxx




Tenant's damage (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Oct 16, 2020 10:06 AM
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A reasonable amount of time using a professional.

So what is reasonable? That depends --24.101.xxx.xx



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