Her word against the tenant’s

Grandkids 004-A

Our grandkids played in front of our rental unit last year.

A friend of mine inherited a house in Waialua after her mother died. She rented it out to a woman, who stayed there for a number of years.  Then, this tenant moved out, taking with her my friend’s art works that had decorated the house and other valuable items.  There was nothing my friend could do.  If she took the tenant to court to retrieve her valuables, it would be her word against the tenant’s as to who the rightful owner was.

With this in mind, I made an inventory of items in our rental unit and made our tenant sign it. When he is ready to vacate the unit at the end of November, I will see if all our items are still there.  If they are and if the unit is clean and in good condition, I will then return his security deposit.

It is such a hassle being a landlord. I am so glad we are getting out of the rental business, especially since the rental unit is part of our home.

Our daughter, Lisa, can now sleep in the room when she vacations in Hawaii.

12 Responses to “Her word against the tenant’s”

  1. Linda Starr Says:

    sometimes those who are guilty have more rights than those who are innocent, sad we have to protect ourselves much of the time

  2. Olga Says:

    You were smart to put things in writing. When my brother sold his house, he asked the new owners if he could store some items in the shed until the spring since the shed was well snowed in at the time of closing. They agreed but when my brother came back in a couple months to retrieve the items he learned that they had been taken out and sold. They went to small claims court and lost because the agreement was not in writing. Some people have incredible nerve and very little conscience.

  3. DJan Says:

    That’s terrible, Gigi. I am not surprised that you were much more organized and careful. 🙂

  4. Tom Sightings Says:

    I have worn the mantle of landlord in the past, and I can confirm that it is indeed a hassle.So, yeah, it’s better to get things in writing. And it’s best is not to have to rent out at all, if you can afford it.

  5. Hattie Says:

    We have two rentals. I have been agitating for years to get rid of them, but my husband wants to keep them. I think he has some idea of passing them on to our daughters. I just think they are a pain.

  6. Alan Says:

    Perhaps your friend has family photos showing some of the items in the background?

  7. Christine Says:

    I think all will be ok Gigi you have done your homework.

  8. DeniseinVA Says:

    We had a bad experience when we rented my parents home after they had passed away. My sister thought it would be a great idea for extra income. It was for the first two years. Our first tenant was wonderful but the second was a nightmare, a complete con artist who left a trail of people on our backs trying to collect unpaid bills and she high-tailed it out of there owing us five months rent. We had a company who was supposed to be dealing with them but they let us down terribly. Our tenant was young and attractive, need I say more?

  9. palolo Says:

    You better change the locks as soon as your tenant moves out.

  10. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Been there done that. Being a lanlord isn’t so great. Some of the older women around here have tried it following the death of a spouse. It seldom works.

  11. Gwen Says:

    That is so sad that your friend was taken advantage of. I’m glad you are taking steps to prevent that for yourself.

  12. Beatrice P Boyd Says:

    People have suggested that we rent the VA house we have been trying go sell the past few years. We tell them we don’t want the headaches and potential problems that could arise as we are now living 10 hours away in New England. Sorry for your friend’s losses, but from what you have posted about your tenant already, it seems you will not have any problems. And, you seem to be really happy to have your whole home back, Gigi.

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