(Closed) Legal-ish question

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think I would mention something now in case she is doing some secret work inside that you don’t know about.

Post # 5
Member
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’d say something now. Yes she’s interested on buying but who knows what’s going to happen; she may not get financing or may change her mind. Saying something now would help prevent her from doing further “projects”. Why would someone saw a fence down! That’s frustrating and I would be pissed too.

Post # 6
Member
46421 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not only would I say something now, I would put it in writing. I would let her know that the alterations to the gate would be taken from her damage deposit.I would also make it clear to her that any further renovations must have your approval.

Even though she says she wants to buy it after the year of rental, she may not follow through and you will be left with expenses to repair damages. She could argue that you were aware of the changes she made and voiced no objections so she had the right to assume you were ok with what she was doing.

Post # 7
Member
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Holy crap! What was she thinking sawing down your fence?!? I agree that if things don’t work out in a year and she decides not to buy, you will most likely have to replace that fence.  I would tell her that she need to buy another fence and that she was not authorized to do that type of permanent damage to your property.  She does realize that she doesn’t own it yet, right?  She’s still a renter and should stil be considered a renter until you have those sold paperwork in hand. 

Post # 8
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@julies1949: I agree about putting it in writing.

And the others make a good point, loans aren’t as easy to come by right now so she might have every intention of buying but not getting financing.

Post # 10
Member
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Did you write the no renovations bit into her lease, or was it just a verbal agreement? If a verbal agreement, you need to talk to her ASAP and get something in writing, signed by you both, stating what kind of stuff will come out of her deposit. You need it in writing in order to protect yourself if she fights you on anything – ideally you would have had photo documentation of the state the house started in too, but it’s too late for that.

Post # 13
Member
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@soon2bhis: yikes; I would see about setting up an appointment with an attorney to make sure your agreement protects you properly as a landlord!

A lot of times leases have a clause written into them about not altering the property without prior approval from the landlord, or that any changes you make have to be changed back before you move out (like painting, for instance, or filling nail holes from photos on the walls).

Post # 14
Member
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

It’s not hers yet, just because she is interested in buying after the year is up doesn’t mean she WILL. You never know what could happen between now and then, and by then you wouldn’t want her to make any changes that could hurt the sale of the house by bringing down the value

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