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rent (by joyce [MT]) Jul 18, 2008 8:23 PM
       rent (by Sean [CA]) Jul 18, 2008 8:35 PM
       rent (by Gordon [NH]) Jul 18, 2008 9:03 PM
       rent (by Laura [GA]) Jul 18, 2008 9:04 PM
       rent (by Stephen [WA]) Jul 18, 2008 11:12 PM
       rent (by Robert,Ontario,Canada [ON]) Jul 19, 2008 3:43 AM
       rent (by John [NJ]) Jul 19, 2008 4:58 AM
       rent (by Gwen [OH]) Jul 19, 2008 1:14 PM

rent (by joyce [MT]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2008 8:23 PM

State Specific Question About: MONTANA (MT)

an outside faucet broke as the tenants were moving in; I gave them one month plus 17 days free rent. There furniture & items were moved in even tho they felt they couldn't occupy the place until the damage was done. I fixed the leak, put in new lino & carpet. When the rent came due they claimed they didn't owe any rent as they haven't lived in the apartment yet.

I feel the apartment was occupied by them as there belongings were in there (a brand new bed, etc) & I deserve to be paid a months rent.

I also feel the rent should be paid a month in advance. Is this correct? joyce

rent (by Sean [CA]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2008 8:35 PM

What does an outside faucet have to do with the inside of the unit? Who broke the faucet?

Sean --76.105.xx.x

rent (by Gordon [NH]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2008 9:03 PM

There is a story behind this. Who broke the faucet, why did the carpeting have to be replaced, and why did the tenants feel the unit was not fit to occupy?

rent (by Laura [GA]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2008 9:04 PM

WHAT does the lease say? Rent is due on the, THEN stay.

rent (by Stephen [WA]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2008 11:12 PM

I'm not sure I require my tenants to stay in their unit - just to pay rent and maintain the unit. If they want to sleep somewhere else it's probably OK w/me. Your tenants took possession of the property; they are obligated to pay for it.

rent (by Robert,Ontario,Canada [ON]) Posted on: Jul 19, 2008 3:43 AM

Before a tenant moves in all the deposits and rent should be received in certified funds or cash. The faucet should have been repaired as soon as possible. If the faucet did not effect the tenants ability to use the bathroom or the apartment then no free rent should have been given. One could have called a plumber where the cost would not equal the amount in free rent. In the apartment buildings a thorough double credit check is done on all applicants with Equifax and Trans Union. If any of the applicants fail a credit check or the applicants have a previous eviction then they take a walk. More then likely the tenants will not paying rent where the only remedy is to evict the tenants. There are tenants out there where getting evicted every two or three months is a way of life. Those tenants look for a rental unit where a credit check is not done. One may wind up with a thoroughly trashed out rental unit along with arrears of rent. Finally one needs to go into the tenant verification website where there is a section on the rental fraud game. Maybe print out the rental fraud game then take a serious look at ones method of screening out problem tenants. If one hands out keys then one is going to have a high rate of evictions.

rent (by John [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 19, 2008 4:58 AM

Joyce, my advice. Stop - see an lawyer that specializes in evictions TODAY and start now for non-payment. I'm sure someone here will reply with steps for eviction if YOU wanted to do it w/o a lawyer, but I feel you need professional help for this case.

Don't delay, ACT NOW. Don't listen to another word from your tenant since it appears that your tenant is in control, not you.


New Jersey

rent (by Gwen [OH]) Posted on: Jul 19, 2008 1:14 PM

With that logic, they don't have to pay rent anytime they go to work, go to the store, or go on vacation for a few days.

This is only going to get worse. Much worse. Get rid of them now or show them landlord is in charge the tenant is not. If they had the key, they had possession. From that point on, they owe rent. --151.213.x.xx

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