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jimmy21

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My tenants just moved out and they left the house in less than stellar condition. I told them that i would send them an itemized list with EVERYTHING i could possibly charge, and if i had to take them to small claims court i would try to collect as much as possible, but if they just payed me my costs, i would settle for much less


Here were my direct costs

Broken shower door, 300
broken screen door, 56
missing smoke detector, 20
Dump fees, 125


I think anyone else would charge them installation costs on that, plus

-Excessively stained carpet. I got all the stains out, but i spent a good 5 hours or so working on it

-Hauling off their garbage. It filled a 5 yard dump truck and the second load had a couch plus maybe 10 large garbage cans full. They had it piled in the corner of the house, but a ton of garbage all over the yard
Yard had grass 2ft tall, which they were supposed to be responsible for

-patching/painting holes where they used drywall screws/large nails to hang picturs throughout the whole house. One spot had 6 holes the size of dimes. I could poke my finger through them.

-crayon on the doors/walls

-hole in drywall, where a little girl decided to pick and tear and the drywall.

Marytmary1978

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Hope you took pictures
jimmy21

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yes, i took pictures.  What would you guys charge for these types of things?
Marytmary1978

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Whatever it costs to repair
jimmy21

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hmmm.  Well cleaning the carpet cost me 1.09 in ammonia. loading the garbage was free.  Installing the shower door will be free.  Patching drywall and painting is free.  Cutting the grass and picking up all the trash outside cost me about 4.00 in gas.

So i should charge them $5.09 for that stuff?
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Does your state allow you to charge reasonable fees for your time?  Some states do and some don't.  That will make a difference on what you can charge.
Marytmary1978

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Would you come and work for me for free????
jimmy21

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no, i get $30-$40 per hour for my labor, but i don't think the state would find that as reasonable
Marytmary1978

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Mine does-- I charge $45.  It does depend on the state.  If you can't charge for your own labor (some states do not allow) you should hire it done and pass that charge along.
jimmy21

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alright, i guess i'll write it up as 40 per hour and estimate my time on everything.  Like i said, i just want to get paid back for my costs.  I want to itemize it, and make it sound astronomical because i told them i would settle for 500 if they just pay it.  Its like trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip.  I had two girls in there.  1 got fired and is now living in shelter and the other it turns out is addicted to meth and is now living in a back room at her work

900 deposit minus

450 for back rent of may
$25 late fee for may
900 for june rent
$25 late fee for june
340 for Broken shower door + installation
56 for broken screen door
20 missing smoke detector
125 Dump fees

200 cleaning excessively stained carpet
240 for picking up garbage in living room/basement/yard/carport
40 repairing excessively large nail/screw holes
40 patching drywall under living room window
80 for excessively overgrown yard

total 900 deposit minus $2461 = $1561 to be paid



sound about right?
Marytmary1978

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yes
seanmoore1712

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This is a horrible story that I don't want to happen with me or any landlords. You need to checked first your state law before you can charge them. Ask some advice from your local attorney for this kind of matter. I always get a tenant screening services on my potential tenants be my security.
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