Tenant Problem, and I’m a little stumped…HELP! - Posted by Jim IL
Posted by Jim IL on December 03, 1999 at 18:10:34:
We have a duplex that we recently purchased, and it had tenants in place already. While in the process of doing repairs lately, we have had contact with the tenants in each unit, all seemed to be going well.
But, today when I went to work on the building, one of the units had change the locks and we could not get in. (at least not without breaking down the door, which we elected to hold off on for tonight.)
So, we left the tenants a note, and asked that they call us immediately.
Well, I went back, and someone was home, but no-one answered the door. So, I called the tenants, and was told that the old tenants had moved out, and there was now a new family in the unit, UNAUTHORIZED!
We are not sure just how long they have been in the unit, but it cannot be more than 2-3 days, because that is when we last saw the previous tenants there.
What can I do to get them OUT?
What would you do?
I already tried to contact my lawyer, but he is away for the weekend. ARGH!!
And, of course, the rent is due NOW, and the tenants when asked about this and some other things are responding, “We speaka de no english!” , after talking to me for several minutes prior in a fairly decent broken english.
So, any input is appreciated,
P.S. I’m not a bad guy, I just want to know “WHO” is living in my building, and what the deal is with the rent!