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juliesousa

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Have I mentioned that my pain in the ass tenant is moving out.  I am so excited about it.

Anyway, my tenant bought new mini blinds since there were none on the windows when she moved in.  She is moving and now wants money for them (2.5 years later).  She said she paid $300 bucks. 

Have I mentioned she's a pain in the ass.  She won't even change a light bulb.

Anyway, the kicker is, now I have extras from my own unit that I saved and can reuse in this unit if I needed to.

So I don't want to give her any money.  I would gamble she just leaves them behind.

Thoughts?



LLinVA

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You should have replaced them, but she did. If you don't reimburse her, she is free to take them back since they are legitimately her blinds. If she was so worried about it, she should have brought it up then and gave you the receipts. If you like them, it's easier to keep them in their current condition, and would have reimbursed her when she bought them, just do that now. If you are fine with her taking them back, don't reimburse her.
OHlandlord

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LLinVa, There were none to replace.  Please note that the LL says there were no blinds there when the tenant moved in.  However, the tenant has screwed the blind brackets to the wall/woodwork.  Since these are legally secured permanently to the property, the brackets are now part of the property and must be left.  If the tenant wishes to slide the clips out and take the blinds, they are free to do so.  But the clips stay as part of the property.  Removing them leaves holes and damages.  The tenant chose to put them up.

That said, if these are just the average plastic mini-blinds, I can't see $300 worth of them.  They run like $5 apiece at Walmart.  And after 2.5 years, plastic ones are pretty much worthless.  I never expect those to last more than a year or two.  I wouldn't pay a cent for 2.5 year old plastic blinds.

Now if these are wood mini-blinds and you like their looks, offer to pay the tenant a prorated price for them.  After all, she is selling you 2.5 year old blinds, not new ones.  Offer 64% of the cost (4.5 years of life left out of a 7 year depreciation). 
AccidentalRental

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Agree with OHlandlord.  Offer to pay her the depreciated value and move on.  Remind her that it was an unauthorized purchase that you normally wouldn't reimburse her for but you will make an exception.
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LLinVA

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I don't agree. If tenant installed blinds that they were never reimbursed for, they are their your blinds. Tenant have a receipt for them, landlord doesn't. How do we know they were screwed and not nailed? Does that even make a difference? They aren't the landlord's blinds. The tenant can patch the holes, just like you would with hanging pictures, that's normal damage that you patch up when you move out. If she had done that, the landlord would have never known they were there in the first place.

The tenant didn't mention anything until she was leaving, she's just trying to get money, let her take them.
juliesousa

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Pffft.  We tried to make a deal on the pricing.  She didn't like the depreciated price which was like $150, so she took them.

We had a whole set from another unit sitting in the basement ready to install.  No big loss.
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Screwed in vs. nailed vs. glued, makes no difference.  If they are permanently attached, they belong to the owner.  A picture is hanging on the nail.  You can lift it off.  Blind brackets are screwed in.  Doesn't matter if she has receipts.  We even put a clause in the lease to explain this to tenants.  These blinds take a minimum of 4 screws per window to put up.  That's a lot of holes and too many for just wear and tear.  The landlord would have to repaint every window frame in the entire house to make repairs.
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