I have some tenants that gave my their 30 day notice last month and said they would be out this Tuesday the 30th. I just got a message from them saying they haven't found a place yet and want until the end of the week to move out. I already have a lease with new tenants to get in on July 1st so what should I do? How can I get them out?
You need to talk to them ASAP and let them know that they can't stay and why. Sometimes these issues are best resolved with conversation. Once you have that talk, you may need to give the incoming tenants a heads up that things might be delayed...
Does your lease say anything about "holdover" tenancy? Mine didn't, but will from now on. The leases we recently got from a new purchase state that they do not allow holdover tenancy, and the consequences (paying for extra days, paying for expedited cleaning, and the possibility of being taken to court to pay for the expenses of the incoming tenants) to discourage this. It also has a clause for ths incoming tenants stating that the landlord isn't responsible if they have done everything possible to prevent the holdover of the previous tenants.
There is also the "cash for keys" method- would they leave on time if you gave them $100 to do so? How much would it take, and is it worth it to you?
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