Q: What are my rights as a landlord whose tenant breaks their lease?
I have a lease with my tenants that expires next February 2016. They have been late payers and last month they told me they'd pay their rent in two payments which extended through the end of the month. I said no and said need full payment as described in the lease. They did not respond. I learned today that they moved out without notifying me. They owe for May's rent plus $15 per day late fee. It's June 2 and I was going to file docs with the court tomorrow to begin eviction and restitution proceedings. Now that they have moved what can I do to enforce the terms of the lease that requires them to make rent payments of $1015 per month through next February 2016?
If I can't enforce the entire lease is there a way to get a judgement for at least the month of May plus late fees? It seems that they are obligated to fulfill the terms of the lease until I find another qualified renter.
What are my options?
A: The terms of the lease should be reviewed.
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A: You have 2 options:1 file a forcible detainer action now for the rent and late fees and attorneys fees due now, or wait until the property is re-rented and sue for rent and late fees until that point. Since, you are not likely to collect a lot of $ from the tenants, you may consider suing them now, so that at least you get possession. Please inspect the property to see if its damaged and include estimates of the damages in the suit along with the rent and late fees. Contact our office if you have any questions.
Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the relevant facts and documents. I strongly encourage you to consult with a local lawyer to get legal advice and help with your specific situation.
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