Dear Landlord Hank: Does Tenant Still Have To Move?

Ask Landlord Hank Does Tenant Still Have To Move?

In this week’s Ask Landlord Hank question he deals with a tenant who was supposed to move, but now with all that is happening cannot. Hank is a veteran property manager and landlord and strives to help other landlords and property managers. He does not offer legal advice.

Dear Landlord Hank,

I was hoping that someone there could inform me of the specific discussions that I need to have with my tenant. He was to have moved out by April 1, before the lockdown.

Now that it is in place he does not have a place to move to.

-David

Dear Landlord David,

Is it a problem to let the tenant continue to stay in the unit he has been renting, and rent for another month or two?

If he has nowhere to move and he won’t move, you will have to evict him, and that can be very problematic right now.

I hope you don’t have another set of tenants that want the unit this resident is living in, set to move in shortly.

You can ask the tenant if he is able to leave – maybe stay with family or friends, if he can’t move to where he originally intended.

This is a tough time for all of us and we need to have some compassion and understanding and willingness to help someone that is stranded, through no fault of their own.

Sincerely,

Hank Rossi

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About the author Landlord Hank:

“I started in real estate as a child watching my father take care of our family rentals- maintenance, tenant relations, etc , in small town Ohio. As I grew, I was occasionally Dad’s assistant. In the mid-90s I decided to get into the rental business on my own, as a sideline. In 2001, I retired from my profession and only managed my own investments, for the next 10 years. Six years ago, my sister, working as a rental agent/property manager in Sarasota, Florida convinced me to try the Florida lifestyle. I gave it a try and never looked back. A few years ago we started our own real estate brokerage. We focus on property management and leasing. I continue to manage my real estate portfolio here in Florida and Atlanta. “ Visit Hank’s website here.

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