Q: If I let a “friend” live in my empty home and she destroyed walls carpet etc can I sue after I’ve fixed it and sold it?
Pet urine on all carpeting and major drywall damage. Also painted when I asked her not to so repainted the entire home. I have receipts & before her photos of home. After her. And after fixing. Thank you! Going to try and resolve out of court but first want to make sure I can. Also We did have a contract I made which she signed.
You may have a small claims action, but before you go that route, consider what your time and money is worth. Also - and this may sound like a dumb question, but is something you'd need to legally prove - how can you prove she lived there or that the place was not in that condition before she did live there? And how are you going to prove when she left? What if she says she never lived there?
This is why apartment complexes and other landlords have people - even "friends" - sign leases. So that there is no question how things were and how things are now.
The last consideration is what will happen if you win? Does this friend have a job or other assets you can legally collect from? If she normally runs up a lot of debt and goes from job-to-job or works "under the table", good luck, as you might find yourself with a piece of paper saying she owes you money and not much else.
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