Tenant moved additional people in ...now what

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hello,

I have a few rentals. One that rents for 900 per month leased to two 50 something adults.  They are bigger folks.  They appear to have moved in two of there 16 year old grand kids who are also large people.  The 16 year Olds were not on the lease and they never asked to move them in.  It's additional wear and tear on the house and appliances. I just replaced the fridge because the door was sagging from the amount of food on the door. They pay on time every mouth and are nice people.  I did an inspection last month and they had both bedroom doors closed.  I see why.  It's a 2bed 2bath single ca .     Any advice ?

Do you generally require minors to be on your leases?

I'm sure you know you can't discriminate against them because of their size.  Have the original tenants broken the lease or rental agreement?  Most leases don't allow additional tenants to just move in without the approval of the landlord and would require a new or amended lease.

You can tell them the proper way to use the fridge in writing, but be careful that you don't sound like you're saying they eat too much.  How much they eat isn't the landlord's business, and again, you don't want to discriminate against them because of their weight. 

If you do an inspection with appropriate advance notice, you have a right to see every room. So if you didn't see the bedrooms last time, I suggest you do another inspection.  If the rental or lease agreement has been violated, take the steps outlined in the agreement to correct it.  For most issues, my leases give the tenant 7 days to make it right. If they  don't correct the issue in time, they've broken the agreement and I can ask them to leave.

Good luck with this!

I require them to be listed, so as to memorialize the number of people actually living there and to gauge what to charge for security and to ideally prevent someone from moving their kid in with 4 kids of thier own.  

Thanks, and not that I meant my comment about there size to be discriminatory, being overweight is not a protected class.  I meant it to highlight my issue...additional wear and tear on the property. The floors are home Depot special 60 cent a square laminate.  The more people or animals on them on a daily basis Th e quicker they wear, the more folks spilling on them the quicker they wear etc...thanks for the reply 


Originally posted by @Jeri OMahoney :

I'm sure you know you can't discriminate against them because of their size.  Have the original tenants broken the lease or rental agreement?  Most leases don't allow additional tenants to just move in without the approval of the landlord and would require a new or amended lease.

You can tell them the proper way to use the fridge in writing, but be careful that you don't sound like you're saying they eat too much.  How much they eat isn't the landlord's business, and again, you don't want to discriminate against them because of their weight. 

If you do an inspection with appropriate advance notice, you have a right to see every room. So if you didn't see the bedrooms last time, I suggest you do another inspection.  If the rental or lease agreement has been violated, take the steps outlined in the agreement to correct it.  For most issues, my leases give the tenant 7 days to make it right. If they  don't correct the issue in time, they've broken the agreement and I can ask them to leave.

Good luck with this!

as you mentioned, if it's in the lease that they need to notify of any changes in the number of people living there, then it's a reasonable reason to notify them they have broken the lease agreement..you should give them a 3 to 7 day notice to fix the violations in the lease, which is get them out, or pay an additional security deposit for the new additions to the lease..

If they are good tenants and are always paying on time, I would really judge whether having the two minors there is really going to be worth the potential of lost income if you have to evict or anything like that. In this business you can't worry about the nickel and dimes or refrigerator doors. Good tenants that pay on time if worth a lot more than a little extra wear and tear on a range.

Medium srr logo w backgroundColin Smith, Solid Rock Realty | [email protected] | 719‑232‑6709 | http://www.SolidRockRE.com | CO Agent # ER.100052152

Originally posted by @Colin Smith :

If they are good tenants and are always paying on time, I would really judge whether having the two minors there is really going to be worth the potential of lost income if you have to evict or anything like that. In this business you can't worry about the nickel and dimes or refrigerator doors. Good tenants that pay on time if worth a lot more than a little extra wear and tear on a range.

 Point taken Colin ...thanks