advice please. I have a tenant who texted me giving me a 30 day notice they would be moving out. We'll before her lease was up. When I told her she wouldn't retain her deposit she then told me she was staying and made comments that should may damage the propety. At that time I gave her 48 hours notice that I wanted to come inspect the apartment with a witness to take pictures to cover myself. Upon arrival I wasn't able to access the unit. Should I contact police? Will they assist me? Am I legally allowed to inspect the apartment as long as I give her plenty of notice?
I would contact an experienced attorney in your area just to cover your rear.
I don't know the law, but I assume after you give notice you could open the place up by yourself.
Everything depends on the laws in your state. If you don't know the laws, contact an attorney for legal advise.
I can only tell you what I would do in that situation, which is based on the laws in my state.
If a tenant wants to move out, let them. They will only cause you more problems than you can imagine. In my state, if a tenant moves out before their lease is up, I can continue to charge them rent until I find a new tenant, I can charge them costs of acquiring a new tenant (such as advertising fees). You cannot just keep their deposit without a valid expense to charge to it. That could be rent owed, damage, etc.
As for the inspection, as long I had given notice I would just go in. They don't have to be there and you don't have to ask permission.
thank you all for the advice. Still dealing with the situation. Hopefully it will soon come to a conclusion