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patadams

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I've re-rented the place to what seems to be a very nice couple and they love the home. He is an optometrist just out of school, so very good income, just loads of debt being right out of college just one year. Got a job locally and moved back home.  I feel good about this couple.  I think I'll get about 2 years before he begins to see light and will probably buy their own place.

Mailed the damages statement out with back rent due, less deposit. Total due is about $2600. Judge asked that I send her a statement prior to bringing it back to court. I gave her 30 days (Sept 12) to pay/notify me of some sort of payment arrangement or we go back to court. The case is still open pending all of this.  I doubt that I hear from her and will see her in court instead. Will let know how it all works out.
patadams

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Well, this is finally coming to a close.  This ended up going to small claims court finally in October 2007.  Tenant showed up and argued on some things.  I ended up getting judgement of $2400.  In December I received a $200 check. Threatened to file for wage garnishement and sent the required 15 day notice unless checks post dated for each month in the amount of $275 each was received by 1/19/08.  Last week I received a stack of post dated checks, 1 for each month until paid.  Now all I have to do is cash one each month on the date of the check and if it bounces I contact the sheriff.  I see she has a new last name so maybe her new man helped her out.  Maybe they will all clear and this will be done!  I chose $275 because based on her income, that is all I could get if I garnished anyhow.

Oh, and the new tenants just love the place and are working out great!  Pay 1 week early, very friendly and responsive and keep the place very clean!  All my other units have good tenants in now as well and all seem to be long term. Life is peaceful for now - hope it lasts.
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Glad to hear it finally all worked out.  Good things come to those who wait.

patadams

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One more note.  Apparently the Tax Rebate check came in the mail and I received a certified check for the remaining $960 and a request to return the remaining post dated checks!  The debt is fully collected with interest and costs to boot!  It just stinks to look back and realize this all started 1 yr and 2 months ago!  If I have learned anything in this business, if you do have to go to court and then try to collect, it is not a short process.

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We have suspected our tenant of turning the downstairs into a pot growing operation.  The neighbors reported 2 large vans removing items from the house and that neither tenant seems to come to the house daily.  I asked if they tenants would like to be released from the lease, but they said they will continue to pay rent until July 31.  I believe they may have turned the whole house into a grow-op. Could this be "abandonment" and reason to terminate the lease  ?
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In regards to one poster's statement "Had to "haul & dispose" that broken sweeper as well. Wife said to "dispose" of it in the upstairs closet at home..."

That is nothing less than stealing.  And please don't justify your actions with the actions of the tenant.  Have the integrity to walk away from the situation with "clean hands".  When a landlord intends on keeping an item for personal use, the tenant should not be charged a "haul & dispose" fee.  Unethical, at best.
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The Rent Rite Directory offers a free Rental History database to Property Managers and Owners that allows members to input as well as search evictions (before they hit public record), tenants who skip out on rent/collections, proxy renters (those who rent on behalf of unauthorized tenants ie: drug dealers, sex offenders, convicted felons), those who commit lease violations, property damage, and on-property crime. http://www.therrd.com Please help share information with other Real Estate Professionals. 

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