A while back I had an interesting email exchange with a tenant… Here it is, with the names changed to protect the guilty.
I rent an apartment and sublet one of the bedrooms. In December I received first/last months rent ($1100 total) for an agreement beginning in January. I asked this person to sign an agreement that they would provide 60 days notice. They did. On Mar 9 I received notice that he was moving at the end of the month.After I reminded him of the 60 day notice, I told him that if I couldn’t get a replacement he would at the least forfeit the last months rent. He said he didn’t care. So now 4 days before the end of the month I find a replacement. But honestly, I spent 4 beautiful days in, interviewing for the room.
Question: Do I have to give him money back? I didn’t even get 30 days never mind 60. Thanks.
Hi Mr. Smith,
Welcome to being a landlord, you are not allowed to charge double rent. You are allowed to charge for any legitimate charges you may have incurred such as advertising expenses and credit checking expenses.
Thank-you. Is a legitimate expense your time?
I Answer 2
Dear Mr. Smith,
You could try. Not usually, although it should be…
What Does It Feel Like To Be A Landlord?
Thanks again. It just burns me when I kept the place immaculate and did everything I agreed to…
Sorry, but one last question…if I refused, what would happen? If it was taken to small claims court, could I be charged additional money as well as having to return the $550? This guy is a student from Japan and really arrogant. It would please me to make his life uncomfortable. Thanks.
I Answer 3
Dear Mr. Smith
Chances are he won’t sue.
But if he did, would I have to pay court costs or anything like that..how could this play out? Also, if he did, would you go to court with me? Thanks
I Answer 4
Dear Mr. Smith,
No, I would not go to court with you. You cannot legally collect double rents just because he’s a jerk doesn’t give you the right to rip him off
We should force every tenant to walk a mile in a landlord’s shoes