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Hi.  I just rented to a seemingly "nice" young couple starting Dec 1st.

They seemed very nice then things went negative.

There is a shared space on the premises and he was starting to put in a personal shed.  I said "I am sorry that is not part of the agreement, you must run that by me first, the common areas are for everyone to use but not to store personal property".

Well, he reacted  vert negatively but I figured he'd get over it.  

The next day I thought of an option for the shed. I called him up very very friendly, left a message saying he could put his shed in MY backyard therefore would not clutter up the common area.  I also said if they got an attractive storage bench for the backyard that would be OK.  I also told him I understood his disappointment.

After that I got the rudest phone call ever.  

.  He also said "so many problems were with the unit".  I said "What things?"  Mind you the unit has new flooring, new paint, new refinishing of counter top and bathroom, even new shades.  He wouldn't answer. I said "You said there were problems please tell me what they are now".  He refused to answer.  He was just very reactive.

 I say "I can take care of everything...just let us up there for a walk thru". I offered the walk thru several times.  He ignores.

Finally he says they are leaving because I asked. I did not ask. I just said "I am sorry you are unhappy.  I am not going to force you here."  I just meant they can leave but they must pay up to the next tenant coming.

I said we can work out a new plan if they are not happy.

They are on a  lease.  Did my words ask him to leave? Did they nullify my lease?

In my view he seemed unhappy because of the shed issue and I couldn't make him happy...just was saying if he is really unhappy he can leave. But I did not say "I release you from the lease". 

The whole thing has gotten so ugly already and they've only been there three days! The unit is beautiful.

What would you do?  I told them they did break the lease, I did everything I could to make them happy and they have refused to talk to me personally.  

Its crazy!


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Reply with quote  #2 
In my opinion, if they are willingly leaving, I would let them leave and find a better tenant. If they violated the lease agreement, then you have grounds for eviction, especially if they are not cooperating.

Posts: 475
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If they are choosing to leave, be thankful and let them go without a fight. Obviously either they think they are entitled to whatever they want and didn't like that you resisted them, or something else changed and they are trying to find a reason to leave. Either way, you don't want them and should be thankful they are choosing to leave. Don't even worry about the rent, you won't get it even if you sued them for it and won.

Did you run credit and background checks? Did you talk to their last landlord? This is the time to see what it is about your application process that allowed headaches to get in.

Posts: 35
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Hi this was a long time ago and it's behind me. But I thought I'd answer your question.

The couple who did this to me had absolutely find credit.  Everything paid up and responsible.  I did get a reference from their last landlord (maybe their only one) and it was positive.

They seemed friendly and easy going in the beginning.

The one thing that was a red flag was the county court records.  He had already been to small claims but I couldn't tell for sure if it was him because his name is common.

Now I know he thinks he's Mr. small claims hot shot.  From now on I will check county court records if tenants are there.
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