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Move out problem (by Mary [MI]) Sep 16, 2021 9:09 AM
       Move out problem (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Sep 16, 2021 9:27 AM
       Move out problem (by Lana [IN]) Sep 16, 2021 9:58 AM
       Move out problem (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Sep 16, 2021 10:32 AM
       Move out problem (by Richard [MI]) Sep 16, 2021 10:40 AM
       Move out problem (by plenty [MO]) Sep 16, 2021 11:35 AM
       Move out problem (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 16, 2021 11:36 AM
       Move out problem (by Vee [OH]) Sep 16, 2021 12:42 PM
       Move out problem (by Bonanza [NC]) Sep 16, 2021 12:43 PM
       Move out problem (by Robert J [CA]) Sep 16, 2021 2:04 PM

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Move out problem (by Mary [MI]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 9:09 AM

How do you handle a move out tenant that DOES leave the house in reasonable condition, but leaves a very dirty oven for you to clean up????This happens often and I wonder how other landlords solve this problem. She paid her rent on time for 2 years , however did not pay the last rent or the water bill and left a dirty oven. The security deposit does not cover the costs.

Move out problem (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 9:27 AM

Once they are out then will locate to them to serve them that you are taking to small claims court. In small claims court have pictures of damages along with itemized costs of labour and materials including unpaid water bills. Once the judge will determine the amount on the judgement where later can garnishee wages or if they buy a house can put a lien on house. Found that with tenants it is always better to buy a self cleaning oven where after a few hours the oven will be clean. Once a tenant leaves they are no longer a tenant in most jurisdictions where normal landlord and tenant court will no longer hear cases.

Move out problem (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 9:58 AM

In my town, unpaid sewer bills become a lein on my peoperty. I have 45 days to justify deposit so at day 30 I will pay off the water/sewer bill for them from deposit with a $30 Service Fee. I expect ovens back clean. I demonstrate the clean oven at Lease signing and tell them that is where renters lose a lot of their deposit. Sounds like she owes you money and you need to decide if it is worth gour time to go after her. Don't forget Late Fees if she did not pay the last months rents.

Move out problem (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 10:32 AM

I solve the problem by only putting self-cleaning ovens in my rentals.

Clean up, send her a bill for whatever her deposit doesn't cover. It depends upon how much her deposit doesn't cover whether or not it is worth taking her to court for a judgement.

Move out problem (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 10:40 AM

Don't provide stoves, refrigerators, window a/c's, washers or dryers unless it is required by some law in your area. Let them provide their own.

As for the rent and utilities, go after her if you want to and think you can get the money.

Tighten up the screening. Now that the eviction moratorium is being lifted in some areas expect a flood of people who don't pay to be applying.

Me, I'm selling out as prices are up and govt interference is ongoing and, in my opinion, likely to get worse. I'll move my investment money somewhere else. --24.180.xx.xx

Move out problem (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 11:35 AM

She paid her rent on time for 2 years - UNTIL SHE DIDN'T.

Just curious what the deposit is, that it wouldn't cover this so called minor things?

Repair, create the accounting for the deposit, any amount still do is just accounting, make an itemized statement and bill her. Maybe she will pay, maybe not, but refund the deposit according to your state laws. --172.58.xx.xx

Move out problem (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 11:36 AM


We LLs have lots of procedures to protect is on the move IN (signed app, 19 point screening, credit reports, deposits, lease...) but few LLs have procedures to protect themselves on the move OUT.

When we tightened the move OUT policies we stopped losing money and reduced stress.

In your case be certain to provide the state required written Deposit Settlement before the deadline. We include before and after pix to avoid arguments. We charge $65 /hour for cleaning and repairs.

Ours includes a Promissory Note with payment plan "to avoid court and atty fees", with self addressed stamped return envelope.

We are seeing FANTASTIC results AND the money AND avoiding court. Almost all sign and pay.

Some LLs offer a discount for prompt payment in full.

Do this immediately.

Suggestions: ZERO TOLERANCE on lates. We send a 3 day late notice by text "to avoid sheriff eviction" and 90% pay. The day the rent was late was the time to take action.

We supply self cleaning ovens only.

We offer a $100 bonus to leave the home spotless, nothing for us to do. That's less than our cleaning lady.

Stay strong.


Move out problem (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 12:42 PM

Follow the timing for your accounting statement (most places is 30 days) and send this to last known address - if it comes back 3 weeks later because they did not forward the mail Do Not Open This Statement, keep it to hand directly to the judge to open and she/he will advise the tenant of what is owed - this will be the judgement you then seek, it is much better when court records show this default which goes onto the credit report for 7 years.

Move out problem (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 12:43 PM

Cleaning (not done prior to move-out)

General cleaning of the home $20 per room

Additional extensive cleaning if needed $75

Refrigerator $35

Stove $30

Carpet Cleaning and / or Deodorizing $150

Move out problem (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 2:04 PM

It is a given, a long term tenant will move out leaving a dirty free standing oven. So I have several choices, to clean or replace it! A new replacement will cost between $500 to $800, depending on it's features.

Cleaning the old beast! Before I try I'll check of the door seals, working burners and oven. If it works but is only dirty, then I can:

A) Clean it in place using a non-smelling oven cleaner

B) Dolly it outside and use a oven cleaner and pressure washer.

In other case, I've NEVER charged a long term tenant for the cost of a new oven/stove! WHY? Because of the Depreciation Schedule.

I would have written off the cost of a new oven over a 5 year period. So even a $800 oven after a 4 year tenancy has only a $160 value. And this tenant would have made me $30,000 in profit over those 4 years. I should kiss the ground they walk on instead of considering suing them in small claims court.

I did not become rich by fixation on the pennies and dimes, but instead look at how to make "more" money and leave the bread crumbs in the past.

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