Under normal circumstances, a tenant will let a landlord know in advance what they intend to do when their lease expires. If they intend to vacate, they’ll leave the premises by the time the lease expires. If they intend to stay, they’ll renew their lease. If a tenant’s lease is about to expire and you have not received notification of what is to come, you have two options:
Under some circumstances, lease agreements that have a fixed term hold tenants responsible for the rent they owe until the property is leased out again (mitigated damages) or until their lease expires, whichever happens first. But landlords have a duty to use commercially reasonable efforts to mitigate damages. It doesn’t matter whether you were given notice of the tenant leaving or not. You can collect rent in the following manner?
Eviction lawsuits are filed in the civil court or district court of the county in which the rental property is located. It’s important to keep detailed records of your collection efforts and any communication with your tenant in the days and weeks leading up to the lawsuit. Your tenant will be served once you’ve filed the lawsuit and ordered to pay and/or appear in court. You too will be required to appear in court. In many cases, landlords receive a judgment, which gives them collection authority. Trials typically only take place when the tenant disputes the claim against them.
The specific responsibilities of a landlord vary from state to state, but in general landlords must:
In general, yes by statute, but exactly what this means might be determined on a lease by lease basis. Furthermore, if a tenant damages property, they can be held responsible for repair.
Landlords are responsible for: