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KapohoCat

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Aloha. I am just venting.

We were so lucky with our 1st tenant. Paid the rent on time or even 2-3 days early. Asked about painting and did a nice job with pleasant colors.

Then not so lucky. Family of six moved in (huge house - 2 story). Late rent almost every month, burned lamps, broken stove etc etc etc....

Really bad part is - the grandparents WERE friends of mine.  Got pics of it all and showed them and still they think I am totally wrong for keeping the kids $1750 - damage was close to $3000 but I am walking away with a lesson learned.

Just wanted to find out if there are websites that you can post bad tenants names etc.

-Cat

Marytmary1978

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If you allowed it to go on, you are part of the problem.  No, you did not make the family the way they were-- but you did not treat it like a business.  You have to treat it like a business.  Late payment-- charge them a late fee and give notice if too late.  Damaged property-- charge them for it right away.  If you let it slide every month you are just training them that they can get away with it.  Now you are training them that you will not pursue them for damages.  If nothing else- turn it over to collections.

 

Illegal to do posting like you want.

KapohoCat

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I did charge them a late fee. Never paid it so I am deducting from deposit. (Even after notifications that late fee needed to be paid.)

Also I do not enter home but every six months unless something needs to be fixed. EVery one values their privacy and space.

They were there 4.5 months.

We did in fact tell them to pick up trash when it became over the 3 trash cans we left there and all piled up. About every three weeks or so ... sent notifications.

This is filth on walls/floors etc.

And there is a site I found yesterday call tenantbureau.com that you can list rent payments / and yes or not to if you would re-rent.

PatseChi

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Kapo - immediately detail a complete list of all repairs and their cost and mail (certified) to all the Ts that were on the lease.
clearly show their SD amount and then subtract all repairs; if negative balance, also include a letter stating that they can each be held responsible for balance.
You need to do this before they sue you for not returning their SD; it doesn't matter if you told them, their G-parents, friends, family or neighbors.
protect yourself and don't worry about the freindship - they weren't really freinds if they treated your place like that.

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OHlandlord

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Number one rule of renting:  Never rent to friends, family, co-workers, or any combination of these.

KapohoCat

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Kapo - immediately detail a complete list of all repairs and their cost and mail (certified) to all the Ts that were on the lease....


Yup!! I have till Feb 29 to send it and I am sending it Registered mail to boot!
Marytmary1978

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Some states do not allow sending notices by registered mail.  Must send by first class.  check your state LL Laws.

OHlandlord

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Definately check for the proper form of service for your state.  These can vary widely!

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