Landlording

Broken Lease

Tenant signed lease for 01/01/18-12/31/18 and just informed me that she is moving at the end of the month because they found a cheaper and better apartment.

Do I keep ALL of the security deposit or should it be pro-rated or something?

Dog Hair

My landlord is always looking for way to push me to leave ( so he can raise the rent) and I want to know exactly what his responsibilities are. My tub drain was stopped up. I asked him to send the plumber. The plumber fixed it. Landlord just texted me telling me that since the plumber found dog hair in the drain I now have to pay the plumber.

This doesn't seem right. He gave me no choice to find my own plumber, to fix it myself. There is nothing written in the lease about me bathing my dogs in my bathroom. I have lived in my apartment for 10+ years.


Any info would be very helpful!
Thank you


Order if utilities

I have a tenant I am planning to approve. They cannot move in until August 1 but will pay security deposit now. What order do the transferring of utilities come in all this? I have heard you should not give up the keys until utilities are transferred. So they pay the deposit up front and then the first month rent August 1 but in between the utilities are transferred. One will have to verify this was done before turning in the keys.

Central Air Conditioner

Temperature outdoors was about 100 degrees for weeks. Tenants out of town for 2-3 weeks, shut off the a/c to save $$$ on electric bill!!! House became very hot inside, well over 100 degrees. Tenants come home. Want a fast cool. Turn thermostat to 69 degrees and when not cooling fast enough, keep changing the temperature setting. A/C cannot keep up with the demand and freezes up, stops running. Tenants turn it off.

Residents call to landlord to get A/C fixed as not cooling, just blowing. Tech comes out, nothing wrong with A/C, furnace, blower, filters, Breaker in Panel etc. A/C was down on lb. Freon which normally holds 6 to 7 lbs Freon. Told residents to set and forget it and not fiddle with the temp control. Should not set temp. control lower than 20 degrees lower than exterior temp. Residents say they like it 69 degrees in house, year round, winter and summer.

Landlord Paid the A/C Tech $247.00 for trip, hourly fee and lb.Freon for which the tech charged for minimum 1 lb. freon.

Who should be responsible for the billing? Tenant or Landlord. What on earth does running the daylights out of the central A/C do to the Central Air Conditioner????? It seems it would damage the unit big time.

Fun Tenant - Not Really

LPA member Cerise shares with us her unusual experience with a utility thief tenant. Incredible!


So now the electric meter has been stolen. That and the door to the meter box. So we've had to order a meter box and have to wait until we've replaced the door, then let the utility company know to come back out to turn the power on. I found an article on meter theft and this is from that article.

"Why would someone steal a meter?

WFTV in Florida recently aired a report about stolen electric meters in their community. The question was raised, Why would someone steal an electric meter? Thieves stole a meter and then plugged the stolen meter into their residence and used electricity as usual. At the end of the month they would remove the stolen meter and plug their original meter back in. When the meter reader stopped by, the meter showed only a small amount of electricity had been used because their old meter was unplugged for the month and not recording any electricity being used."




Monday, July 2, 2018
I found out today that she also bootlegged water and internet. She connected internet into underground cables, in the lawn, I have pictures. We learned that the city water was shut off for non-payment in October 2017, but they don't check (!?!?!?!?!) after they turn the water off, so she just turned it back on again. My husband found the water actually on as of today. So she's been stealing from all the available utilities. Fortunately, we are not responsible for her bills, but we have to verify who we are before the gas and electric companies will provide service to the house again.
SMH

Cerise


Sunday, July 1, 2018
Anyway, I just ended tenancy with a problem tenant who had her way with my house and the utility companies.

The reason I'm writing is to share with you what she did with utilities. She started services in her ex's name, then didn't pay them. They shut off the electricity. She bootlegged/pirated power. They removed the meter. She paid the bill and power was restored, but she had her power turned off periodically for non-pay. She did the same thing with the gas company, which called it "fraud". They had to remove the meter, too. Now she's out and I cannot get either turned on in my name due to her history. Well, hell, I don't blame them. I'll have to talk to them this coming week to see what can be done. But I think that line 6 UTILITIES should be changed to reflect that situation. There's always one more story to tell. I've changed mine to say this:

UTILITIES Tenant shall be responsible to start, maintain and pay for all utilities and services for the entire premises.
I couldn't think of a better word than "maintain" to use that would require them to keep their utilities on. Can you?



Guess what business she is in. Apartment management.



Thanks,
Cerise

One of the Tenants died, who does the SD go to?

So one of the two tenants on the lease died. It was a man and woman (gf/bf). The SD that I received 2 years ago was from an account of the woman. However, she died recently. The lease is up for renewal and due to financial reasons he wishes to end it (I have no issue with this).

The problem is the SD came from her not him, so I don't believe I can give it to him? My question is would it go to her estate then?

Pet Policy

I have been trying to go no pets on a vacancy but its been a month and the unit is still vacant. I want to get the unit rented as soon as possible. So if I go with pets which ones are the least worst? Would it be a dog under 20 pounds? Or a cat that has been neutered and declawed? Or either one?

Pro rate?

Our tenants moved out early last month and the expect 8 days refunded to them out of the rent.
I told her that's not the way it works.
They have no claim, right?

No tolerance and pets

Happy Independence Day all. I'm sorry if my post is duplicated, I'm not sure if there's a delay.

I recently inspected one of my no pets properties (I'm in CA if its relevant). I found that they had two hamsters, which were both in a cage. My lease specifies that no pets are to be brought onto the property. Am I being too strict by sending them a violation notice for the hamsters? I know they can cause damage if they get out and if the cages aren't cleaned regularly, it could also leave an odor in my property as well as stain the flooring.

The way I understand it, no pets means no pets. It doesn't mean "no dogs" or "no cats". How would you all proceed?

Lease agreements

My husband and I recently purchased a few houses from this lady who wanted to sell her properties. She has existing tenants is most of the duplexs. My question is should we just use her old lease agreements (which she gave to us) with these tenants until it expires, or should we make them sign a new lease agreement with us but keep the old dates?? Help We Are New Landlords!?!