Roomie feedbackTue, April 24, 2007 - 12:04 PM
Let’s say you rent a spare room to someone, and it doesn’t work out for whatever reason. They give you 30 days’ notice as required by the lease, and you make them an offer to make things easier for them: if you can find a new person to rent their room before the end of the month, you’ll refund part of their last month’s rent. And because money is tight for them, you also only require half the security deposit for the time they’re there instead of a full one (i.e. use their existing ful month's deposit as rent for the 30 days, and ask for half a month's rent as deposit until they officially move out). Keep in mind that there is absolutely no legal obligation for you to make this offer.
So you say “I'll do what I can to get a new tenant in as soon as possible, but to do that I need to know what time frame you're planning on moving (so I can say when the room will be available).”
They respond “Let’s say I can be out of here by Friday the 13th at the very earliest. If it’s easier to say the 15th then that works too.”
And then… they never appear to get their furniture or belongings in their room. They don’t call, email, write a letter, nothing to indicate what their plans are. The 13th and the 15th come and go with no indication of what’s going on. Their bed is still made and there's still clothing, books and a few shower items in the bathroom so it looks like they're coming back at some point and are not done moving out.
1. Assume that since they are paid up for the month and have not contacted you regarding their plans or asking about the progress of your new tenant hunt, they just want to leave their things there and ride out the existing lease
2. Assume that they are waiting for you to tell them when there is a potential roommate so they can come get their furniture and belongings
If you answered number 1: Whose responsibility is it to make contact and confirm the plans of the tenant who is leaving? Keep in mind the month is paid in full.
If you answered number 2: How reasonable is it to expect someone to rent out a room without an availability date?
What do you think?
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If they verbally agree to be out by the 15th, then you have full right to remove their belongings from the room and rent it out. you have to wait a full thirty days past the end of the agreed termination date before you're rid of those belongings, but you already knew that.
Evey's beautiful by the way. Will send photos soon
Even if they've paid through the end of the month?
I'd love to see Evey's photos whenever they're ready :)
If the person is reachable, contacting them is better than assuming either way. It is much easier than the consequences of possibly guessing wrong.
Depending on how much you like the new tenant prospect compared to others who might appear for end of the month, you can urge the old tenant to vacate early and/or offer to store their stuff for a period.
|You can't remove another persons possessions until they are in default and you get an eviction order.|