Tuesday, September 6, 2011
My husband and I own a 2nd house that we use as a rental. About 6 weeks ago we chose to evict the people that were in it. They were out of contract and their payment history was pretty awful. When they moved in a year ago I let them paint on the condition that they re-paint when they left. Their deposit was $600.00. When we went over to change the locks after they moved out we discovered that they didn't re-paint at all. So I was left with a red kitchen, purple room, blue room, and gray room. Fun. They also appeared to have stopped mowing the yard they day we evicted them.... no joke, grass was about 2-3 feet tall. They didn't take all of their stuff out of the house and they definitely didn't clean. A carpet that has always cost me $250 to have cleaned cost me $340 this time because it was so gross. So here is the problem, today the ex-renter texts me and asks me when I'm giving her back her deposit. Seriously? I can't even respond because I'm so frustrated and I don't want to say something I shouldn't. So, what would you do? Give any of it back? The professional cleaners quote was $125, the carpet was $340. Guess I should get a quote for a painter now, and then a mower. I'm torn... help!