Re: Rental Property Tenant Issue / Question - Posted by Dave T
Posted by Dave T on July 12, 2001 at 18:35:56:
Your experience is not unique. You should always expect that tenants will not treat a rental property with the same care and attention as the owner. This is what a damage deposit is for.
You do have a damage deposit, don’t you?
The things you mention are not flagrant and on the surface do not seem to have any lasting harm. You can surely replace the shower head and make an appropriate deduction from the damage deposit. One word of caution: if you do the repair, you can not charge for your time or labor – you may only charge for your actual out of pocket expenses (save receipts).
The window air conditioner also seems trivial. What if the tenant had called and said that he had purchased a window unit and wanted to install it. You would have said sure, go ahead. Now, at the end of the lease, if the tenant restores the window to its original condition, no harm done–right?
You may want to remind the tenant that any alterations to the property need to be done with your consent and approval, but for now, I would not sweat such small stuff. You want to be firm, but fair. You don’t say what your plans for this property are for next year, but you may decide to rent to these same tenants next year.