Halfway out. Now what.
Click here for Top Ten Discussions. CLICK HERE for Q & A Homepage
Receive Free Rental Owner Updates Email:  
MrLandlord Q & A
     
     
Halfway out. Now what. (by MikeA [TX]) Sep 9, 2023 1:37 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by Sisco [MO]) Sep 9, 2023 2:20 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by MC [PA]) Sep 9, 2023 3:24 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by 6x6 [TN]) Sep 9, 2023 4:46 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by Dave [MO]) Sep 9, 2023 5:18 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by Oreo [WI]) Sep 9, 2023 6:33 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by RB [TN]) Sep 9, 2023 7:11 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by Vee [OH]) Sep 9, 2023 8:52 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 10, 2023 12:34 AM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by zero [IN]) Sep 10, 2023 7:47 AM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by Jim in O C [CA]) Sep 10, 2023 7:15 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by Simplify [NY]) Sep 12, 2023 5:17 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by Nicole [PA]) Sep 13, 2023 12:44 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Sep 17, 2023 8:21 PM
       Halfway out. Now what. (by mike [CA]) Sep 20, 2023 12:54 PM

Click here to reply to this discussion.
Click Here to send this discussion to a friend

Halfway out. Now what. (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2023 1:37 PM
Message:

I have a tenant in a small SFH in a C- neighborhood that gave notice last month that they would be moving out. Nothing unusual about that. Last week she texted me that she had mostly moved out but had been burglarized and they took her electronics and clothes . I swung by to check to make sure there were no doors kicked in or windows broken. Nope no damage, she said they somehow got in the back door, meaning she probably left it unlocked. She did file a police report.

As I looked closer, there is junk in the backyard, things strewn from someone going through the storage building, and the grass is going to need to be mowed in the next week. While I was there I talked to the neighbor who pretty much lives in his backyard. Apparently, she hasn't been living there for 3-4 months and just stops by on rare occasion, guessing she is living with a new sugar daddy.

I got notice yesterday that she had the utilities turned off but technically she paid rent through the end of the September. I asked her leave the key on the counter and text me when she was out as part of the move-out instructions when she gave notice.

So, I could just let it be and see if she texts me in the next couple of weeks assuming she is going to get the stuff out and mow and clean-up. I could issue a lease violation notice that she needs to mow and pick up the stuff, she might not even see it if she is not going by. Or, I could text and ask her what her intentions are and point out that the grass needs to be mowed.

What would you do in this situation?

--209.205.xxx.xx




Halfway out. Now what. (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2023 2:20 PM
Message:

I would issue the lease violations. It may hasten her departure. --149.76.xxx.x




Halfway out. Now what. (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2023 3:24 PM
Message:

Issue the lease violation. Maybe she will state she is out. If so, ask if all her belongings are out. Get everything in writing.

--73.230.xxx.xx




Halfway out. Now what. (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2023 4:46 PM
Message:

Following to learn. --73.190.xxx.xxx




Halfway out. Now what. (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2023 5:18 PM
Message:

I would text and see what her intentions are about cutting grass and departing time line. Usually I would send a cure or move violation but she has given notice to move and paid Septemberís rent.

You might want to do a home inspection and see what condition the home is in.

--174.210.xxx.xxx




Halfway out. Now what. (by Oreo [WI]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2023 6:33 PM
Message:

Ditto of Dave's response. --75.11.xx.xx




Halfway out. Now what. (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2023 7:11 PM
Message:

The true colors come out when leaving. --24.183.xxx.xxx




Halfway out. Now what. (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2023 8:52 PM
Message:

I think you need to determine the status of texting in your local court, in my area the device used must be kept in court possession until case has settle, landlord in my area go without phone about 6-10 weeks, use court approved contact method. Do a quarterly inspection for water leaks and any other maintenance check to determine what accounting statement deductions will be made and plan the damage and maintenance repairs accordingly, do I have this paint at another place, can jill get the repairs done in a week so johnny can have it show ready when? --184.59.xxx.xx




Halfway out. Now what. (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2023 12:34 AM
Message:

MikeA,

We deliver a move out packet to the house setting expectations which includes cleaning Checklist, A reminder to mow and remove all trash, a reminder that we charge $65 per hour to clean and repair, $100 to mow which is cheaper than the cityís fine If they decide her grass is too tall, and a statement that empty houses attract Vandals and squatters so it is to her advantage to turn over the keys as soon as possible.

We also offer a $100 bonus if they help us get it rented before they are done moving out

AND

Another $100 bonus, if they leave the Home perfectly hotel clean with absolutely nothing for us to do.

We managed to move out with as much involvement as the move-in End it pays off in easier And faster turnovers.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




Halfway out. Now what. (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2023 7:47 AM
Message:

Brad, that is genius (once again) about paying them for a perfectly clean property.

The cleaning lady I have for now gets paid $100 and can only work nights and weekends. Doesn't matter if I have more stuff to do, but if it is just a cleaning issue I lose money right out of the gate. --107.147.xx.xxx




Halfway out. Now what. (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2023 7:15 PM
Message:

Until they are 100% out they are still a tenant and obligated to pay daily rent. --99.23.xxx.x




Halfway out. Now what. (by Simplify [NY]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2023 5:17 PM
Message:

Love Brad's approach!

Our lease states that we can secure the property if it is abandoned and one sign of being abandoned is uncut grass, another is utilities being turned off. The lease is still in force, we simply post a notice with our contact info if the tenant needs access, call us. We still need to send a default notice to end the lease, and in a similar situation we'd see the eviction process through to make it clear we have legal possession.

I am still not a lawyer, check with yours!

In our area tenants who got water turned off used to be greeted with an 'unfit to occupy' notice, that is no longer the case. --104.255.xx.xxx




Halfway out. Now what. (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2023 12:44 PM
Message:

If you've been dealing with her on a friendly/cordial basis, I'd call and ask what is going on. Then, you know her intentions ... doesn't mean she is going to follow through but you know what she is thinking. Then, I'd follow up that conversation along with what you require in writing.

That grass isn't getting mowed. I'd mention it one time but that's it. Mow after she's gone and charge it against the deposit. --98.237.xxx.xx




Halfway out. Now what. (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2023 8:21 PM
Message:

What doers your lease say about leaving the utilities on? The good news is this is still summer time.

That said, she does have the rent paid until the end of the month. What are you trying to accomplish? Do you want the place back in an unkept manner or are you trying to get her to clean up the place? --24.101.xxx.xxx




Halfway out. Now what. (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Sep 20, 2023 12:54 PM
Message:

this is definitely a state specific situation. don't be passive here. she IS a tenant through the date she has paid and is simply using her place as storage. that's legit. BUT she has cut utilities and the place is essentially vacant and invites break ins as you have learned. i'd post a notice of belief of abandonment and call her for her specific schedule of date of return of keys. i'v heard of keys on the counter but i like to get a SIGNED memo from them that they are out, that any remaining items are of zero value, and they received the several notices CA requires in these cases. --75.80.xx.xx



Click Here to send this discussion to a friend
Report discussion to Webmaster


Reply:
Subject: RE: Halfway out. Now what.
Your Name:
Your State:

Message:
Halfway out. Now what.
Would you like to be notified via email when somebody replies to this thread?
If so, you must include your valid email address here. Do not add your address more than once per thread/subject. By entering your email address here, you agree to receive notification from Mrlandlord.com every time anyone replies to "this" thread. You will receive response notifications for up to one week following the original post. Your email address will not be visible to readers.
Email Address: