I have a situation I need some advice on how to deal with. Since the slow down due to Covid-19 I have been fortunate up to now and had a few 4 to 6 week guests. I was introduced to a couple that needed a furnished house about a week before the current guest at the time was checking out. Since I didn’t have any guests scheduled I decided to rent to them using a standard month to month lease. They said they wanted to stay for at least 3 months. Its now almost 2 months into the lease and I am having problems.
1 – They broke a window pane in the back door. They did have it repaired.
2 – There was a mail slot flap installed in the front door years ago. They removed it and the door veneer was damaged on the inside to the point that it will take a lot of spackling to repair it and will never look right. (est. $260 for new door cost)
3 – I have a roll up shade on the front of the carport (kind of like a cheap garage door) and it is damaged beyond repair. ($25 at home depot)
4 – They broke off the door handle lever on the outside of the front door so I went over there to reconnect it to the door and when I did that, I realized they had a dog in the house. They said it was only there for one day. They were told from the start that I do not allow pets in my house. I also noticed the TV and Stereo was moved from its place in the living room so I asked where they were and they told me they moved it to the back bedroom.
5 – About 3 days later the dog is still there and they said there relative was going to pick it up that day.
Because of this I told them I needed to come inside to inspect the home and more issues were found
6 – The TV and stereo that were moved to the back bedroom had been damage. They look as if some got mad and through something at them or punched them and they were obviously trying to hide that fact. (I believe the TV is between 32 and 40 inch LED (Non-smart) TV ($125 to $200) and the stereo is worth about $200 to $300)
There doesn’t appear to be any other damage to the home or any caused by the dog other than a slight dog odor. They say it will go back to their relative’s house when they get back in town but I don’t believe it. I knew they owned a dog that they wanted to bring at the start but I told them I have a no pet policy and I would not allow it and they said no problem their relative like the dog and it was not problem for it to stay at the relatives home.
Status as of today: Dog still there. They have paid rent for September and I don’t want to continue renting to them. I prefer that they leave immediately but I believe that even though they have violated the agreement and damaged my property I still have to give them 30 day notice to move and that means they will have until the middle of October to move and if they don’t find a place before the end of the September I doubt they will pay rent for any part of October knowing they have to move.
$25 for .5 hour working – Door knob repair
$50 – Door mail slot hole cover installed
$260 – New door
$200 – TV
$300 - Stereo
$835 - Total
1 - Can I file a dispossessory warrant for violating the agreement by keeping a dog there and damaging my property?
2 - Should I try to bluff them and say they have to move by the end of September because of all the issues and I’m not going to renew the lease for October?
Sorry for the long explanation but I felt I should include all the details. Any recommendations are appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.