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BillHoo

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I have made clear to the tenant (in Virginia) I no longer want to do business with them and will not renew their lease on 31 October.

They promised via email they are moving out.  But they have not told me when we are to do the walk-thru, so I can determine damage and return of their security deposit.

Due to their shady practices in the past, I wonder if they are not moving at all?

So, if by sundown, I go to the property and there is still personal stuff there, can I change the locks?

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Doesn't VA require you to evict a holdover tenant via the courts?  That would not be allowed in NJ where I do business.
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1: "But they have not told me when we are to do the walk-thru" they don't tell you, you tell them. In Virginia, you have to let them know when you are doing the walk-through so they can attend it if they so desire. You do NOT have to arrange it to fit their schedule and you certainly don't have to let them tell you when it will be. I would tell them it's happening 9:00 am on November 1st.

2: If they don't move out, you have to go through the normal eviction process. That means that on Thursday (November 1, after seeing they didn't move out), you file with the court for an eviction hearing. 2-3 weeks later you go to court and probably win. They get 10 days to appeal. On the 11th day, you file to have the sheriff's department actually evict them (which they have up to 30 days to do). 

3: This all assumes that everything that has happened so far was done properly (you gave proper written notice with enough advance notice to meet the requirements of the lease, the lease is actually up for renewal, etc.). You can't just decide in month 6 of a 12-month lease to not let them stay. You also can't tell them three weeks before the lease renews if the lease specifies they have to get 30 or 60-day notice.
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Thanks!

I called the building manager and he tells me they are scheduled to move out today and tomorrow.  They are only allowed by the building to use the elevators and loading dock from 9AM to 5PM for moves.

So, I will go look at 5PM tomorrow.  At that point they should have no furniture in the home and will not likely spend the night.  If they insist on holding on for one full day, I will do the walk thru at 5 and return at midnight for the keys.

Renewal of the lease is at my discretion and I told them 6 months ago I will not renew.  This was to give the tenant enough time to save up money to find another place. 

I think it will go OK.  But ready to file eviction on 01 Nov if necessary.

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BillHoo

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Everything went smooth.  She left without a fuss and place is OK.  Just a lot of normal wear and tear from 4 years. 

A quick paint job and carpet cleaning should get it ready to show.

btw.  Is there an easy way to fluff up the carpet after she left heavy furniture on it for 4 years?  You know the marks and outlines left where the carpet has been pressed down.

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There probably is. I feel like I saw something about putting an ice cube on each spot on some DIY/Lifehack type thing. Maybe do that before you shampoo it.
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Carpet cleaning went well.  Not too bad.  I bought a Rug Doctor which I expect for it to pay for itself after a few uses.

Then, I noticed some bugs on a tarp that I had laid out to begin painting...  then I noticed in better lighting, the streaks on the wall she covered up with spray paint in an icicle pattern concentrated above where her bed used to be - at first I thought it was mold that had formed from condensation.  That ain't mold!!!......

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