I am going to sell a rental SFH and have notified my tenants. They have been on a month-to-month lease and have already stayed past the 45 days I gave them to vacate. They want to move to another part of town but despite having applied at many places, they haven't been accepted, apparently due to low credit scores. I know I'm legally allowed to kick them out onto the street, but I really don't want to do that. Does anyone have ideas about how to help them get a place? Has anyone else had this happen? I suppose if I threaten that I will evict them on a certain day, it would give them the motivation to apply for places less desirable that they may be qualified for. They have been very good tenants for me, so I'm hesitant to do something like that.
Is your rental actively on the market or under contract to sell?
The house is not under contract, though there is an interested buyer who would like to know about the tenant's status so he can make an offer.
Hel-LO, it's time for them to GO! They rented month-to-month from you. Did they need more of a wake-up call that sooner or later they would have to leave?
Sit them down and have a talk. Explain that they're holding you up and costing you money. You didn't put that bad credit on them. They have to take responsibility for their credit decisions, and just because they didn't realize that this was one of the consequences in their risk calculation to screw their creditors, that doesn't make it any less real. Likewise, the fact that they didn't properly realize how good they had it with you for so long isn't your problem. Make a new deadline, and stick to it. Don't mention eviction, but after that, you start the eviction process and you keep going until they leave. This is where all the carefully repressed disgust inside you for people who do things like not pay their bills on time, choose to rent instead of own because they can't be bothered with taking responsibility for their own housing, and live pretending that they don't have their neck stretched under someone else's jackboot should be allowed to bubble up and come to the fore.
I bend over backwards for my tenants. When it's time for things to change, it's their turn to bend over backwards for me. And if they don't want to bend, if they don't realize that my solicitude and kindness to them in the past was a choice, not the only way I know how to live and deal with people, not a weakness to exploit, then they get a less pleasant and accommodating landlord in their lives. And once the forbidden door to the forbidden room is open, it's not my problem if they're surprised by what they find in there.
Get rid of them, they are manipulating you and interfering with your life.
If you gave them notice to move but then you let them stay on, you probably need to give them a new notice- and do not waiver this time. Let them know that the day after their deadline, you will have workers scheduled to clean carpet, do work in the home and they must be out. Let them know if they find a place sooner, you will let them leave sooner.
Alternatively, you can list the home now while they are in it. With the inconvenience of having people walk through the property, they will be even more motivated to leave and they will see that they postponement techniques are no longer working.
This is business. You've given them time. Now they need to move, or buy the place themselves.
what's your lease say about hold over...
@Todd Markey Before we purchased our first multifamily, a property manager said to me "If you're not willing to kick out a pregnant woman on Christmas Eve, you should not manage your own apartments." The comment was extreme, to be sure, but with more than a kernel of truth.
Unfortunately, there are only two ways for it to end. They either move out or they don't. If you want to be nice you can give them either more time or a monetary incentive (cash for keys). I have dealt with this and if the tenant thinks you are soft and will not have the sheriff remove them at some point, then they will stay. It's a very unpleasant business and the reason why many people should not be landlords. I have given extensions but made it very clear that after the extension they will be removed in accordance with the law regardless of whether they have found a new place.
closing usually take a month or more
Personally I would have just let them stay until I actually sold the house and then serve a 30 day notice
For all you know it could take you a year to sell
Why do you want them out now?
As long as they are paying and pose no problems to you selling then I would let them stay. They second they dont pay or a buyer wants them out before they sign then I would give them eviction notice (if you dont have time to give them proper notice but it sounds like you have already). Just because they want to move to a specific area of town is not your problem.
I also try to be as nice as possible to everyone regardless but there comes a time when push comes to shove and you have to do what you have to do regardless.
Thanks for all the great replies everyone. I'm definitely going to take a bit from a bunch of these for how I move forward.