Dorie, You cannot keep the deposit "just cuz." It must be applied to unpaid rent or cleaning/repairs.
An Early Lease Termination Fee will cover most problems like this AND make you money.
We don't return any rent. The res expected to pay for the month and returns can get dicey.
MY judge says we can do what we want with the home once the former res has moved out.
When I rent a car and return it early in the day I still get charged for that day AND they re-rent it for that day in minutes.
50 hours is A LOT! I suggest you re-visit your procedures and streamline them. I KNOW you are spending much of your time on deadbeats and liars.
-All calls go to voice mail. MY voicemail says GO TO THE WEBSITE to see what's available, prices, photos, and applications. Walk thru videos on Youtube. One has 1100 views. Saved me a TON of time!
Me? Phone calls are a total waste of time. People lie about income, evictions, smoking, animals...then many don't show up.
We have not shown a vacant home for over 1,000 new leases.
We do not spend a second on them until we have their app in hand and it looks decent.
We are approving 1.5 out of 20 paid applications. Even just 20 would have eaten up a lot of time.