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comeandknockonmydoor

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My tenant always paid his rent, always late, but always paid with late fees.  He told me that he would be out by Nov 15th by the latest and would have the place cleaned up.  We don't usually let people move out in the middle of the month, but it's Wisconsin and we don't want to try to rent in Dec.  Anyway, I realized that he is gone, but left some of his belongings and a cockroach infestation!  I moved his property and 40 or so bags of garbage from the apt to the garage so it could be cleaned, de-bugged, and shown to prospective tenants.  I am so angry about this situation, especially since we have to pay $500 to have Orkin take care of the whole building.  Plus we have his roach filled belongings in our garage.  We also found addition damage included a broken door jam to the fire escape, a cupboard door that was ripped off, and a drawer that was broken.  We are beyond his $425 sec deposit.  We don't have a forwarding address, but we know where he works.  Is it worth it to take him to small claims?  Also, will they garnish his wages if/when we win?  Thanks for reading!

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My sister is going through a similiar situation. They tenents trashed the place, left so much stuff in the house/garage/outside, and the animals trashed the yard. The yard totally needs to be redone, had to hire a company to take everything out and will need 2 dumpsters, the house needs new carpet throughout and a serious deep cleaning. They left no forwarding address either and she wants to take them to court also but afraid it all may be a waste of time. Did you take them to small claims?

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Do you at least do "drive by" looks at your property???  Should be doing a check on it at least once a year.  Then there may not be such terrible messes left-- you would address the mess in the yard and most likely the damage in the house before it got to bad.

 

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I know she went by a few times to get rent but they left it in the mailbox. She was there a month ago and the mess around the house wasnt there so it must of been from them leaving and just throwing stuff. The back yard is a big privacy fence so you cant see that unless you go back there. I do agree she should of done another walk through when it was a year but she didnt. She was just to trusting and they "were" nice people. Can you take people to court for the cost of removal of there things because it was SO much and costing alot! Lets just say she learned her lesson and she was planning on moving back in and thats another reason why it is so horrible because now she cant until all this work is done.

Marytmary1978

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Yes, you can charge them for the cost of all cleanup.

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but it's Wisconsin and we don't want to try to rent in Dec


I rented a place out in December and had over 40 inquiries and I live in Milwaukee.  It can be done -- I was fearing it too at first but after this experience I will not fear renting out in winter any more.

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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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