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Bienes Raices

Orlando, Florida

Oct 31 '11, 11:12 AM


If the tenants break the lease and move out early, do I still need to get something signed by each one indicating that they have left voluntarily before I change the locks?



Kyle Meyers

Residential Landlord from Indianapolis, Indiana

Oct 31 '11, 01:00 PM
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It can't hurt to have them sign something, but I do not believe it is required. Check with an attorney, but I believe if you can reasonably conclude someone has abandoned the property you can change the locks. If you are letting them out of the lease, I would just ask them to sign something that says they are moving out and anything they have left behind is abandoned and you are not liable for damages or losses of personal property.



Bienes Raices

Orlando, Florida

Oct 31 '11, 01:03 PM


Originally posted by Kyle Meyers:
It can't hurt to have them sign something, but I do not believe it is required. Check with an attorney, but I believe if you can reasonably conclude someone has abandoned the property you can change the locks. If you are letting them out of the lease, I would just ask them to sign something that says they are moving out and anything they have left behind is abandoned and you are not liable for damages or losses of personal property.

Thanks, Kyle. I have a voice mail from one of them (which I saved) stating that he moved out. The other two are still in there right now. I am on amiable terms with them (so far, anyway), so I'm hoping this can be worked out without a lot of drama.



Bienes Raices

Orlando, Florida

Nov 01 '11, 08:13 AM


Well now they aren't answering my phone calls or emails. Technically they are in the grace period right now for Nov. rent. I'm planning to drive by there and see what's going on. I'm half expecting to find the place abandoned. I feel for them to a certain extent but I don't have this drama with my other two groups of tenants, so this is starting to get a bit old.



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