Posted by Jim IL on February 04, 2000 at 14:51:45:
Not being an attorney or familiar with your state laws or lease, I cannot really give you good solid advice.
But, I can share my thoughts and ask a few questions.
What does the lease say?
Is there a clause as to what you can do if the tenant vacates the property?
That may be enough there.
And, take a look at your state laws, try findlaw.com and alllaw.com.
Maybe talk to other landlords in the area as well, and even maybe some RE agents or brokers. they often know landlord tenant law and can tell you what they have done.
Also, maybe call a local RE lawyer and ask them what needs to be done?
How long has the tenant been gone, and are there items left behind that belong to him?
Frankly, If your not going to go after him for any money, I’d try to find him briefly, and let him know that you want him to retirieve his belongings, if there are any, and a time limit, then agree to release him from his obligation to you, so you can re-rent the place.
He should go for that, since you are agreeing to not make him pay you for the remainder of the lease.