Posted by MikeBC on November 29, 2000 at 24:54:02:
I am sure that our residential tenancy laws in BC are different from your area so I will not tackle your question from that point of view.
From a moral perspective, you say they were good renters, paid up on time, and have given you some notice albeit not the 30 days required by contract. When I am in these types of circumstances, I usually accept the fact they are leaving, and I try to get some in right away. I do this by requesting the tenants to permit to show the suite while they still reside there. Most times they are agreeable and I try to give them 24 hours notice.
I sometimes have to be creative to get people in - paying for moves, or 3 months cable or buy new flooring and letting them choose the colours - but in this way I have not missed a single day’s rent this calendar year. I have a total of 8 rentals. I have had 7 renters turn over including 2 evictions. Even the people I evicted allowed me to show the suites. In addition, I use their damage deposit to clean, paint and do any repairs necessary to get the suite ready for the incoming renters.
I find that this approach allows me to sleep soundly at night. I am not tied up in knots nor am I engulfed in negative energy.