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wowc8

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Hello Everyone,

I've been renting my spare bedroom out to this person for over a year now.  Recently, I had to travel for work for a month and when I came back I found that his dog had caused roughly 300 dollars of damage.  Now, I am trying to get him to sign a new lease with increased rent to pay for the damages because he doesn't have that kind of cash.  He has been month to month for about a year, the previous lease's terms still apply and was writin that way in the origional lease.  When  I handed him the new lease, he told me that he would probably start looking for a new place to live.  Now, it is January 3rd and he hasn't paid rent this month, and he is asking to pay half months rent because he will not be at the place till the last half of the month.  I think that I did something like that for him last year, but with damages and with him be really late for two months last year, I don't want to give him this break in rent.  The half month rent last year was discussed and arranged prior to him leaving last year.  Nothing was discussed this year.  The hard part about this is that I've grown to think of him as a friend, but now I feel like he is taking advantage of my good will.  Also, on top of everything, I did not charge late fees when he was late and did not collect a full pet deposit.  This is just a mess.  I have a feeling that he will be late this month because he want's to convince me to allow half rent this month.  I wanted to get some other people's views on what they'd do in this situation.
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Being a landlord is a business.  Treat it any different and you will get burned. period.. end of discussion.  We charge a $500 per pet refundable ( if no damage) deposit.  Don't like it? that is OK, you just are not renting from us.  Surprisingly, we return most of the pet deposits in full.  When they put up that amount of money, they want it back and properly manage their pets!

 

How much pet deposit did he give you?  How much other deposit?  Is it enough to cover the damages?

  How long ago did he tell you that he would start looking for another place? (called actual notice)  If it was in the middle of last month-- that means he has given you a 30 day verbal notice..... does your contract say written notice or just notice?

 

Sounds like you may have to let him pay the 1/2 months rent and get him out

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How much pet deposit did he give you?  How much other deposit?  Is it enough to cover the damages?
  How long ago did he tell you that he would start looking for another place? (called actual notice)  If it was in the middle of last month-- that means he has given you a 30 day verbal notice..... does your contract say written notice or just notice?

Sounds like you may have to let him pay the 1/2 months rent and get him out


He gave me 50 out of the 100 dollar pet deposit and another 395 for a security deposit whcih will cover all repairs at least.  When he mentioned that he might look for another place I didn't take it as his notice because he mentioned that he hadn't decided if he was going to move yet.  My contract says that he needs to give me writtin notice so I guess that is my answer.  Thank you for your response, very helpful. 
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