Hi I have a question. I run a student rental in Florida that's been going rather well up to now.
There are 3 roommates that are collectively responsible for the total rent (as per our lease). The issue we're having is there is trouble in paradise and two of the roommates have documented the third roommate being in violation of lease (damage from dogs, boyfriend living in home) from multiple angles.
They want us to intercede but not sure what options are without voiding the whole lease for everyone?
@Dean Fiacco I have been doing student rentals for a long time and I have dealt with some variation of this dozens of times. The problem with an irresponsible tenant base like students is that they try to bring you into their sphere of problems.
I would keep it short and sweet and say something like "I'm unable to get involved in roommate conflicts. Each of you are responsible for the entire amount on the lease." I'd leave it at that. My experience is that these situations tend to resolve themselves if the landlord is willing to be firm.
The one thing I would add is if there is a dog in the property that isn't allowed per lease I would issue a lease violation to the unit naming all tenants. If you know there is damage charge on an ongoing basis. I don't get involved in roommate conflicts and state that upfront like Will has said.
@Dean Fiacco , Don't get involved in the drama. Do listen to the lease violations. Sounds like a single lease (not by the room/person). I would suggest an inspection. Document any lease violations in an e-mail to the tenants and time to remediate and consequences if they don't remediate.
is there any value in using the lease violations to perhaps help foster a resolution? ie if you don't figure it out you're all going to be in violation of the lease
I'm open to letting the one person sublet to get rid of the drama, but I'd prefer to avoid eviction process if at all possible
for those that asked, yes it's one lease that they're all collectively responsible for
@Dean Fiacco I think that could probably work but I still wouldn't recommend going down that road.
My experience tells me there will be nine different versions of the story that you will hear if you do (3 tenants + 6 parents each).
Be polite, but be firm.