Re: Troublesome tenant question - Posted by MilNC
Posted by MilNC on January 06, 1999 at 11:54:23:
I woudl get an atty immediately and follow local laws regarding eviction.
This appears to me to be a pre-orchestrated scam, not
just a series of unrelated events.
Did they infact own a hous in MO?
Their buyers moving in early (if in fact there were any) was a negotiation on their part, not YOUR problem.
They should have had MORE money (for your rent or a motel) not less, to compensate them for having to move on short notice.
They could have stayed in a motel, and stored their things with the mover.
So, first mistake, you let them convince you that their
problems were your problems. I have heard this set -up
before, on this board-that they "have to move in early. On a Sunday–how convenient.
We don’t know what your contract with your house sitter
says, but you doubly compensated her, 1st with the move, then with free rent.
By saying they “wanted to rent for four months, then buy the house”, they essentially made you think of some future reward- a sale,or that they would be good tenants, while keeping you obligated as a landlord, and then finding things wrong, starting with
the usual obligations, like safe electricity (what a miracle that their dryer doesn’t fit your wiring-but that isn’t your responsibilty, since you didn’t provide the dryer), and
of course the locks (by “having to move in early”), they of course gave you no time to change them. My current understanding of a lease/option is that the tenant/future buyer is responsible for repairs or whatever you want to work out, like you pay for repairs over a certain amount. Also, the L/O concept is sugested as a benefit to investors partly just because there are no tenant hassles–but I may have missed something. So, you have no rent and no option money, no deposit.
Cable wires can easily be stuffed back into the wall, so that is bogus.
Did the rent check bounce yet? If it’s local, you can
go to their main branch and get cash for it same day.
This is not going to end. They have no intention of paying full rent, but will continue to deduct, with no receipts and threaten you; they will attempt to find
a way to pay no rent at all, and then leave, or fight the eviction and drag you into a long court hassle. This is their business. This is what they do for a living. The wife is a bully.
So, have the atty review your rental agreement, send
appropriate letters, and I think you can have him get them to send the rent to the atty’s office and refer all questions to atty’s office or see if a management co will take care of this (I don’t know) and get you out of the loop.