slow to leave, how to get her moving

By sparkle

 My tenant’s lease was up january 31st.  She said she’d be out by the 1st of february.  Then she said it would be the 5th of february, now its the 8th and there is still a ton of stuff in the apt.  I need to have some repairs done to get it ready for new renters and she is holding me up as my guys can only do it on the weekends ( we all have 40+ hrs work weeks).  How can I get her out, I’m thinking about threating her with her deposit. 

Edited on: Sunday, February 7th, 2010 5:24 pm

One Response to “slow to leave, how to get her moving”

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Gary Shepherd

February 9th, 2010 1:48 am

The best answer would be to evict her, but that wouldn’t really do you much good at this point due to the time and money involved. There are 2 ways to get your tenant out of your rental quickly. Here are my ideas:
1) Threaten to keep deposit
As you mentioned this could be a great way to motivate your tenant to move out. The only problem is that it could make things a little tense.
2) Offer them immediate deposit or money incentive at the time of move out. Similar to the the above point, you will want to give them a deadline to be out. Be extremely specific such as Friday the 29th by 5pm.

You might be surprised to find that the 2nd option will probably produce the best results. By human nature we typically are more motivated by positive incentives than we are by negative threats…


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