Help me understand the laws – New Landlord

By Vennie

I rented my house to a young lady whos references checked out very well.  After living in the property for 2 months she gave me a 3 day notice via text that she could no longer afford the property and would be moving out.  She stated that she would clean the house and leave the key.  I informed her that I would let her out of her lease with the understanding that she would forfeit all rights to her deposit.  I also informed her that because she stayed 8 days into a new month that she would have to pay me a prorated amount of rent.  I explained that I need to meet with her and do a walk through of the property to assess damages, if any. She became a totally different person.  WOW!!  She did not meet me and she left my house in a mess.  Can I go after her for damages and rent owed?


Edited on: Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 8:46 am

One Response to “Help me understand the laws – New Landlord”

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May 12th, 2011 8:26 am

Your pretty much the landlord that I need. :) There’s no reason why you can’t chase her for the damages. You tried reaching out to her to sort it out. If this is something that’s a violation in your lease then you have every right. By the way in the future, you can try out RPA’s Tenant Screening. It’ll give you a more wider databases to do a background check.


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