Tenant Damages (by BH [DC]) Aug 6, 2017 5:00 AM|
Tenant Damages (by Vee [OH]) Aug 6, 2017 5:16 AM
Tenant Damages (by plenty [MO]) Aug 6, 2017 6:26 AM
Tenant Damages (by BH [DC]) Aug 6, 2017 6:45 AM
Tenant Damages (by AllyM [NJ]) Aug 6, 2017 8:32 AM
Tenant Damages (by Moshe [CA]) Aug 6, 2017 9:22 AM
Tenant Damages (by Vee [OH]) Aug 7, 2017 4:44 AM
Tenant Damages (by BH [DC]) Aug 7, 2017 6:25 AM
Tenant Damages (by BH [DC]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 5:00 AM
State Specific Question About: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC)
My tenants extensively damaged my property. They tried to make repairs but their repairs made a bad problem worse.
The correct repairs will consume all of their security deposit plus an additional $300-$500.
My question today is...Am I legally allowed to be reimbursed for my time and effort to meet with contractors, review estimates and coordinate all work.
Tenant Damages (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 5:16 AM
No reward for sitting on your hands, this should have been estimated and billed in next rent cycle, tenants are not capable of making repairs where they live, this is an old story about shoemakers kids running the streets barefooted. I doubt if you can be paid for your time, only by visiting housing court often can you get the answer, in my area I go to 5 different courts, 1 allows 10bux/hr, another 25bux/hr, another varies on job intensity - I have seen 50bux/hr and 10bux/hr, another does not allow owner repayment - cost of doing business. --76.188.xxx.xx
Tenant Damages (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 6:26 AM
Who do you think legally would be paying you? --66.87.xx.xx
Tenant Damages (by BH [DC]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 6:45 AM
I agree "No reward for sitting on your hands" that's why I do monthly inspections and require tenants to return the premises to the excellent condition in which it was received.
The attempted repairs and exacerbated damages were made on their departure...so, in theory this would be on their next rent cycle. Note...I did not renew their lease.
I am already keeping the $3,300 security deposit and requesting an additional $300... which is very fair considering the damages. And yes, before anyone ask, I have depreciated the life cycle and usefulness of all materials and applications involved...I try to be fair in all my dealings.
My goal at this point is to legally be reimbursed for my time and effort to bring the repairs to conclusion. Does anyone know what is legal and fair in Washington DC?
Tenant Damages (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 8:32 AM
No. You didn't make a repair and the tenants tried but messed up. It's still your repair dude. --73.33.xxx.xxx
Tenant Damages (by Moshe [CA]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2017 9:22 AM
" Am I legally allowed to be reimbursed for my time and effort to meet with contractors, review estimates and coordinate all work. "
While the tenant owes for damage that he did, he is NOT responsible for your personal expenses while performing your landlord function to make repairs. In many states, CA included, landlord may charge a for his time in making repairs, just like any other repairman, but meeting with contractors, reviewing estimates and coordinating is part of the job of being a landlord. They are NOT part of the cost of repair, despite the fact that those things needed to be done.
Tenant Damages (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2017 4:44 AM
Why would you attempt to understand the lifecycle of a damaged cabinet or window screen? Once you present this in court I would imagine the judge will dismiss the whole thing. --76.188.xxx.xx
Tenant Damages (by BH [DC]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2017 6:25 AM
@Vee...all materials, systems and appliances have a life expectancy and a corresponding replacement cost. I calculate this based on industry averages provided by HUD, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and various product and material suppliers...etc.
I do this to be fair to my tenants. For example...It would be unfair to charge my tenants full price to replace a 7-year old stove/oven if they decided to use the oven door as a step stool to replace a light bulb and they break the oven door. If the stove/oven has a life expectancy of 10-years then the tenant would be responsible for 3/10 of the new replacement cost. I would have benefited from the 7 years of use. My loss would only be the value of the 3-years lost. The goal here is to make me whole, not to profit.
Presenting this in court would be viewed as a prudent calculation of damages by any judge.