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Common Landlord Questions
When can I enter my tenant’s apartment?
Even though you may own the property you’re generally limited on how and when you can enter occupied property. In the event of an emergency, such as a flooding or a fire, you may enter the premises without providing notice. You may also enter the property to do repairs, assess damage or risks, or to show the property to prospective tenants, but you will want to provide a day's notice to your tenant first.
How can I evict a tenant?
Evicting a problem tenant can be a tricky process and will vary from state to state; however, the general eviction process will be similar. First, you’ll need to determine if the tenant can be evicted and then provide them written notice, like an Eviction Notice or Notice to Quit. If the tenant does not remedy the situation you may then make a court filing to evict the tenant. After the court process you must give the tenant time to collect their possessions or safely store them for a number of weeks until the former tenant can retrieve them.
How can I end a lease?
Sometimes things simply don’t work out and you need to get out of a lease. The simplest way to end a lease is to provide a Notice of Non-Renewal with enough notice and terminate the lease once it runs. Ending a lease in the middle of a term and evicting a tenant, however, can be much more difficult and will typically require an actionable offense such as your tenant violating the terms of the lease or taking part in illegal activity.
Can I keep my tenant’s security deposit?
Security deposits can only be kept to offset unpaid rent and to repair damage beyond normal wear and tear. In addition, if you plan on keeping all or part of a tenant’s security deposit you will normally have three weeks to provide them an itemized list showing the specific deductions being made.
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