It's that time of the month when all the rent has been collected and I sit back and get a laugh at some of the funny things tenants say. Here are a few things that came up the past couple months that bring on lease policies discussions:
"I got your message about coming to check on the house - but I didn't call you back - you had no right to come in." But the truth is, tenants must call back to say "no it doesn't work that day". If they don't call back its implied, "Yes you can come" and assumes you have no objection to the landlord entering the home.
"I mailed the rent on the first - I don't know why it took 7 days to get to you." Often tenants who pay with money orders do so for many reasons. And I love money orders for many reasons. The big one - the date stamp always tells the truth. Typically, the same logic applies with checks - they are dated the day it's written and mailed. If the date is stamped past the late fee policy in your lease - late fees do apply.
"I'm using the window to go in and out because I can't afford the re-key fee." This falls under one of those "prohibited and limited behaviors" of a lease. Some other ones include:
- behaving in a loud or obnoxious manner
- disturbing or threatening the rights, comfort, health and safety of other residents and property employees
- engaging in or threatening violence
- possessing or displaying a weapon in a common area
- tampering with electric and cable connections
- storing gas appliances in closets
- drug possession and manufacture
- making libelous or slanderous allegations against the property owner and employees
Though you can be evicted for presenting one of these behaviors - this policy is usually in place for repeat offenders.
It's up to the landlord how they want to handle these lease violations and it doesn't necessarily mean automatic evictions. Work with your tenants but also, allow them to be able to work with you!
This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .