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Properly take back room? (by smellykitten [OH]) Nov 19, 2023 4:05 PM
       Properly take back room? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Nov 19, 2023 5:51 PM
       Properly take back room? (by Robin [WI]) Nov 19, 2023 6:29 PM
       Properly take back room? (by Ned [AL]) Nov 19, 2023 7:00 PM
       Properly take back room? (by Vee [OH]) Nov 19, 2023 8:53 PM
       Properly take back room? (by Moshe [CA]) Nov 19, 2023 8:57 PM
       Properly take back room? (by Jason [VA]) Nov 19, 2023 9:12 PM
       Properly take back room? (by Vee [OH]) Nov 20, 2023 8:36 AM
       Properly take back room? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 21, 2023 6:21 AM


Properly take back room? (by smellykitten [OH]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 4:05 PM
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Hello, I’m wondering how to legally confirm that I can take back possession of a room I have rented out to a lady. She’s a professional, has paid on time and has been a good tenant.

She recently sent a text message on the 11/18 saying,

“Hey, A few days ago my dad had a medical emergency. I’m leaving (City) to go home and take care of him. I apologize for any inconvenience.”

I responded a few hours later: “Hello. Sorry to hear this. When will you be leaving the room/will be your last day?”

No response yet.

Her current lease ends at the end of November. Prior to November she said she will be renewing her lease to the end of May 2024, I said I would work on drafting a new lease for that, but hadn’t got around to writing the new period and getting it e-signed. Oh well.

So at the very least she has not provided a proper 30-day notice now.

How do I legally retake possession of the room now?

Can I just text her a quick, “Could you please confirm if you have abandoned the property?” and proceed with her response?

A second question I have is, I hear of some landlords that seem to take possession by asking the tenant for the keys. I currently use a digital door lock for the front door of the house, and may soon be switching the bedroom doors to digital locks as well. I guess it gets weird with digital/PIN keys?

I’d like to start getting the room prepared for the next roommate as soon as I can.

Thanks!

--163.182.x.xxx




Properly take back room? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 5:51 PM
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Smelly,

Check the interior. Did she leave personal items? Did she clear out all her stuff?

Text her "Mary, Your rent continues until you release the room. If you are done with the room and give us permission to dispose your personal items simply respond YES."

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




Properly take back room? (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 6:29 PM
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If she fails to respond, I'd check to see if her stuff is gone. If so, take photos of the empty room, change the code, and re-rent. If not, post a notice of abandonment on the door. Take a picture. Wait the time required, then clean out and re-rent. --104.230.xxx.xxx




Properly take back room? (by Ned [AL]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 7:00 PM
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A good case for having her phone number. And 3 Emergency Contacts. I'd call all three as needed. --74.132.x.xx




Properly take back room? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 8:53 PM
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Ohio abandonment is slower than you like - 90 days notice to begin. --184.59.xxx.xx




Properly take back room? (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 8:57 PM
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She recently sent a text message on the 11/18 saying,

“Hey, A few days ago my dad had a medical emergency. I’m leaving (City) to go home and take care of him. I apologize for any inconvenience.”

Seems to me that she hasn't given any notice that she is leaving PERMANENTLY, so any action by you to recover the room could get you in trouble.

Doesn't your state have a procedure to authenticate that a property has been abandoned? If not, try to do something similar, like waiting until rent is unpaid, serving her with a notice that if she doesn't respond giving you an address where she can be served within a fair period of time, then you will consider the room to be abandoned, will take possession of the space and intend to re-rent it.

--47.139.xx.xxx




Properly take back room? (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2023 9:12 PM
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Pick up the phone. --71.63.xx.xx




Properly take back room? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2023 8:36 AM
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Smelly, first find out if texting is established in your local court as approved method, every one is different, in my big city (CLE) it is if you leave the devices with the court until the case is resolved or closed. This news is not popular among the plaintiffs and most likely the defendants as well. I think following OH5321.02 and Chapter 1923 an eviction with perfected service would be the best way to recover your unit, switching lock codes will get you into trouble resulting in returning 2 or 3 x deposit to the tenant. --184.59.xxx.xx




Properly take back room? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2023 6:21 AM
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I can't speak to Ohio law, but next door to you - possession is defined as turning over the keys. So find out what your state standard is and ask yourself - did your tenant turn over possession yet?

If they haven't, try and get a day scheduled. Let them know that they are responsible for rent until they do. At this point though, it seems like they are managing you. --24.101.xxx.xxx





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