Reader Question – Old Tenant Changes Mind About Moving

March 6th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Property Management, Rental Property

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Hi Rachelle,
 
I’m sorry to be troubling you with a question, but I know you have the expertise.
 
One of my tenants gave me a notice to move out effective last day of February.  But now, she is changing her mind and wants to stay while I’m already processing applications for a new tenant. Do I’ve to accommodate her or can I say no to her and move on to a new applicant?
 
Your response is always helpful and appreciated.
 
Thanks a million.

Happy Friday Everyone!

If you’ve been reading this blog or even been breathing for over 13 years you may have noticed that there are two and sometimes even more sides to any scenario. Lets play out the different ways this particular situation can play out.

Case 1

The landlord tells the tenant “you have to move” and the tenant ends up finding a place and moves. The new tenant moves in. Pretty good ending.

Case 2

The landlord tells the tenant “you have to move” and the tenant ends up not finding a new spot to live. The new tenant can’t move in because your old tenant is still there. There is more drama than you can stand.  The new tenant is very unhappy because they are now parked outside your apartment with their furniture in a moving truck. The old tenant tells the new tenant that they told you two weeks ago they weren’t moving.

Case 3

The landlord tells the tenant “Sure, stay” after doing all the work to find a new tenant. The landlord tells the new applicant what happened and the new applicant goes and finds another place. The tenant stays on for a month or two and then gives notice again. The landlord finds another tenant again.

Case 4

The landlord tells the tenant “Sure, stay” after doing all the work to find a new tenant. The landlord tells the new applicant what happened and the new applicant goes and finds another place. The tenant gets that place they applied for last week and moves out. The landlord loses the new applicant and a month’s rent.

Case 5

The landlord tells the tenant “Sure, stay” after doing all the work to find a new tenant. The landlord tells the new applicant what happened and the new applicant speaks to his landlord and extends their stay until your tenant can find another place.

WWRD – What Would Rachelle Do?

The first step is to speak to the tenant, and determine why they are not moving. Did their circumstances change? Are they unable to find a place? Did their plans fall through?

Your next step is to collect the rent for February toute suite so that they can’t find that apartment and move out. Landlords – this is just a shit sandwich, there’s no good way to deal with this. If you rent out the place you run the risk of having a horrible situation and if you don’t rent out the place you lose a month’s rent.

The lesson here is that you, the landlord, are not in charge of every situation and that you do everything you can to make things go smoothly, but at the end of the day, life happens.

Also… Drinking. lots and lots of Drinking.

 

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Wendi

    Don’t hate me for saying this but. . .

    Do not landlords get into the renting business to make money? Is there no profit from this venture?

    Should not some of that profit have been put aside to cover at least the possibility of an emergency?

    I would rather have taken any profit and put it aside to cover an empty place for 2 months. Then be put in the situation where I absolutely needed a tenant.

    I know hind sight is 20/20 but depending on the income without a safety net must be stressful.

    I await the backlash . . . . sigh.

    • Rachelle

      I could never hate you Wendi :) but your speaking of financial accountability is just crazy talk. You must always depend on your tenant for your necessities of life. Landlord profits are immediately to be spent on beer and cigarettes. A landlord must have a positive attitude about the future and must never plan for “dream stealer” happenings.

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