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Dodging inspection (by SR [LA]) Apr 12, 2019 2:46 PM
       Dodging inspection (by Busy [WI]) Apr 12, 2019 4:29 PM
       Dodging inspection (by DJ [VA]) Apr 12, 2019 6:59 PM
       Dodging inspection (by Mike [PA]) Apr 12, 2019 7:11 PM
       Dodging inspection (by Laura [MD]) Apr 12, 2019 7:57 PM
       Dodging inspection (by David [MI]) Apr 13, 2019 5:37 AM
       Dodging inspection (by myob [GA]) Apr 13, 2019 6:13 AM
       Dodging inspection (by CGB [MI]) Apr 13, 2019 6:32 AM
       Dodging inspection (by NE [PA]) Apr 13, 2019 6:34 AM
       Dodging inspection (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 13, 2019 6:48 AM
       Dodging inspection (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Apr 13, 2019 7:09 AM
       Dodging inspection (by SR [LA]) Apr 13, 2019 9:02 AM
       Dodging inspection (by SR [LA]) Apr 13, 2019 9:02 AM
       Dodging inspection (by Busy [WI]) Apr 13, 2019 9:54 AM
       Dodging inspection (by myob [GA]) Apr 13, 2019 11:44 AM
       Dodging inspection (by Wilma [PA]) Apr 13, 2019 12:12 PM
       Dodging inspection (by Busy [WI]) Apr 13, 2019 1:19 PM
       Dodging inspection (by Vee [OH]) Apr 13, 2019 7:15 PM
       Dodging inspection (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 14, 2019 3:32 PM

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Dodging inspection (by SR [LA]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2019 2:46 PM
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I have been trying to set up a walkthrough inspection of my rental SFH. My schedule is pretty flexible but tenant just can't seem to find any time when she is available. We are currently month to month with the lease. Our lease allows me entry with 24 hours notice but I prefer not to go inside if she's not there as I don't want to risk any concocted "missing expensive item" issues. I thought we had a reasonably good landlord/tenant relationship up till now. Also want to speak with her regarding lawn maintenance which may have something to do with this as it is getting shoddy. Is it just time to give her notice to vacate or would you try to work this out. She has paid the rent every month for over a year now. --107.135.xx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2019 4:29 PM
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Two years ago I trialed including lawn mowing with some properties. It went over very well, so I added it to all properties, increased rents a little more than my usual. That helped a lot with tenants being cooperative. Now tenants will sometimes text back when I notify that Iím mowing the next day, with a simple request such as faucet started dripping, can I take a quick look. (Grit in aerator.)

It could be over the lawn care, or, it could be over something like they have let friends move in, or, they got an unauthorized pet. Or, it could be something entirely unrelated to the rental. My tenants have all gotten to where they donít mind me being in the home when theyĎre not, but early on in the tenancies, we were both more cautious.

Maybe ask tenant directly. Ď Weíre having trouble getting this scheduled. Is everything OK? Ď --70.92.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2019 6:59 PM
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Stop letting the Tenant control you.

Look in the mirror and say "The Landlord is in control. The tenant is not."

Repeat until you believe it.

Then give them 24 hrs notice, and go in 24 hours later. You may want to be bring someone with you as witness this time. Do your inspection, change the air filter - whatever you ned to do. Secure the home when you leave.

Look carefully for reasons you have been denied entry, like: pet bowls or food. You know, you need to make sure the cabinet and closet door hinges are all operating smoothly. Dead grass spots/ poop piles in yard? Men's clothes and you only have a female tenant? Be sure to look in the garage too. Damage to the property.

Then send a written report stating what was found and steps to be taken.

--68.10.xxx.x




Dodging inspection (by Mike [PA]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2019 7:11 PM
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Notice to quit

Reason- failed to allow assess for inspection as per lease clause xyz --24.115.xx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2019 7:57 PM
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They are hiding something. Did you do a pre-move in/approval inspection of their current residence? --108.51.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by David [MI]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 5:37 AM
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If someone is uncooperative and it's not an emergency (such as pipes freezing), I would absolutely not go into the property when they are not home.

Since they are month to month, give them notice . --50.4.xxx.x




Dodging inspection (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 6:13 AM
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you need to send notice to cure first. For example and you will need your lease para covering this- Tenant fails to abide by require home inspection as out lined in the lease para so and so.

Should Resident fail to allow the inspection within 7 days from the date of this notice the lease is terminated.

--99.103.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by CGB [MI]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 6:32 AM
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Give notice and advise the tenant to secure all valuables out of sight. If you are concerned, record the entire incident on video using your cell phone for your ptotection. --73.144.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 6:34 AM
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Whatever you end up doing with this tenant, I would move them out as soon as you're able due to them being combative. There's no need to deal with one like this when all else work with what's needed to have your business run smooth. --174.201.xx.xx




Dodging inspection (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 6:48 AM
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I do everything possible to keep good paying customers. Unless you think something is breaking inside and need to check it, don't do the walk through. I NEVER do anything like that. Once a year I am required to get a fire inspection and that is equivalent to a walk through. So it's expensive but I am glad for it. Tenants know they have to accept that. So if I felt I needed to go in I would spend the money on a plumber or an electrician to go in with me and "check" the wiring. Make up a reason. Or maybe your energy provider does free inspections for drafts etc. ? I would not even think of getting rid of a paying customer. I do NOT expect tenants to handle the lawn. I pay someone and have built the fee into the rent. So you might tell her there will be a slight rent increase upcoming but guess what? You don't have to worry about the lawn anymore. I have been doing this since 1994. --173.61.xxx.xx




Dodging inspection (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 7:09 AM
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How difficult is it to get a good tenant in our area? 30 days from now is an excellent time to fill a vacancy.

I would give her a choice of 3 times (soon) and that's it. If none of those suit her, give her the 30 day notice to vacate.

I agree with everyone else. It's OK to have a couple of days when the tenant is unavailable, but if they can't ever have any day that is available, the tenant is hiding something. --98.146.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by SR [LA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 9:02 AM
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Thanks, all, for the advice and ideas. This is the first time Iíve had an uncooperative tenant and I guess I just needed the push to nut up and do my job. She has been given a choice of two days this coming week along with a reminder of the lease provisions concerning inspection, lawn maintenance, and lease termination. Louisiana is a relatively landlord-friendly state. With a month to month lease, 10 days notice from either party (no reason has to be given) and the lease is terminated. Eviction can proceed quickly if she doesnít leave as we are allowed to include a clause waiving the five days notice and can file right away.

Should I need to get her out I will certainly consider including lawn maintenance in the rent for the new tenant. That is a common lease violation here and might just be the way to make life easier for everybody. --107.135.xx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by SR [LA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 9:02 AM
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Thanks, all, for the advice and ideas. This is the first time Iíve had an uncooperative tenant and I guess I just needed the push to nut up and do my job. She has been given a choice of two days this coming week along with a reminder of the lease provisions concerning inspection, lawn maintenance, and lease termination. Louisiana is a relatively landlord-friendly state. With a month to month lease, 10 days notice from either party (no reason has to be given) and the lease is terminated. Eviction can proceed quickly if she doesnít leave as we are allowed to include a clause waiving the five days notice and can file right away.

Should I need to get her out I will certainly consider including lawn maintenance in the rent for the new tenant. That is a common lease violation here and might just be the way to make life easier for everybody. --107.135.xx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 9:54 AM
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My tenants love the mowing service! And the yards look so much better. Also, there was a lot of neighbor loaning mowers out, tenants would scalp lawns so they didnít have to mow again for a while, also, older neighbor would offer to mow, and he mowed in socks and sandals. One time he tripped on his sidewalk, badly, busted up his toe, ended up with surgery. I was so thankful I had taken mowing back over. Had he done that on my sidewalk, instead of his.....

I pay attention to the landscaping to reduce mow time. Often that means having a large swath of grass in the middle, perennials, shrubs, groundcovers around the edges. Books on low-maintenance landscaping have good ideas on that.

I am a landlord who doesnít mind spending a little time conversing with a tenant to figure out solutions that work well for both of us. At first tenants are reluctant to speak up, but, once they know I am open to mutually beneficial solutions, they are more likely to Ďfess up. Mutually beneficial usually means more $$ in my pocket. Thatís why I am there, after all. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 11:44 AM
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I love my lawn service. When I see grass getting high I call CODE ENFORCEMENT who send over an inspector (police) who will write a ticket to not only the tenant but to the company-- that's me. for lawn violation. That same violation is presented to judge if necessary to show code people even warned tenant that something needed to be done.

If they don't mow I get 200.00 for the front and 200.00 for the back. Hey it's extra 400.00 income. --99.103.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 12:12 PM
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I learned from this forum to never call it an "inspection", but rather, a "maintenance visit". For some reason, that really works well. And they forget to hide things... --71.175.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 1:19 PM
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Wilma, that is a very good point. Just hearing the word inspection vs. maintenance visit right now, yeah, that could be big part of temantís reluctance. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Dodging inspection (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2019 7:15 PM
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I would ask tenant if there is something you should know about, we are going in tmrw at 10am. Turn your phone into airplane mode and video your inspection from unlock to relock (airplane mode gives uninterrupted video, no calls or text comes thru), thanx to people here who advised using airplane mode!!

--76.188.xxx.x




Dodging inspection (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2019 3:32 PM
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I'd tell them when you are going in...not ask them now that they've been evasive. Try to give a bit of notice so they can "arrange" to be there if they want. If you are really concerned about them accusing you of something, get someone to attend with you...a third party of sorts or pay one of your minimum wage contractors to go with you.

--99.92.xxx.xxx



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