What should you do if a tenant moves an RV into the backyard of your rental and then someone starts living in it is the question this week for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and is not offering legal advice. If you have a question for him please fill out his form below.
My tenants moved an RV into the back yard and have someone living in it with electric and water running from the home.
A plastic container sewerage is going into and grey water spilling on the ground.
They refuse to move it off the property.
They also have a trailer they are storing household trash in
Dear Landlady Yvonne,
It’s past time to evict.
Most leases have a clause entitled “Use of Premises” that states that the tenant shall maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary condition, etc. Also, the lease will be written between the landlord, you, and the tenant. So, specific people are renting your property. There is normally another clause entitled Occupants stating: only the following individuals shall occupy the premises unless written consent of the landlord is obtained.
A reasonable number of guests may occupy the premises without written consent if the stay is limited to 72 hours. Subletting for any length of time is strictly prohibited.
I would post a three-day day notice on the tenants door which is a legal notice saying that the tenants have three days to cure (fix) the lease violations which consist of subletting the premises, and creating an unhealthy condition on your property.
If the tenants haven’t taken care of the issues by the end of the third day, on the foruth day begin the eviction process.
From what you’ve written to me, it seems like the tenants think they are in charge of your property. It is your place and you don’t need to put up with nuisance, disrespectful tenants.
Take care of this tomorrow. It is not going to get any better by itself. Good luck.
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