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  • Does it pay to be nice or does it imply liability?

    Our Tenants sign an agreement understanding that we do NOT insure their goods.
    Letís say a Tenant had a leak and you give them a credit for one week of rent to be nice.
    Does that in anyway imply that you are responsible for anything?

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    I would say, yes it does. Unless you have them sign something that states differently about why you did it. But they say you can't sign away your rights. I am a big advocate about never deviating from what the lease says and if the lease says you have insurance responsibility then to me, that is god enough.I make them sign and initial about insurance being their responsibility. If you do deviate from the lease then that can come back and bite you in the a$$.
    "Never let the inmates run the asylum!"

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    • #3
      We had a mold problem, completely out of our control, and we gave people a free month's rent and moved them to a new unit. That was ok'd by my management company-but we never admitted culpability during the whole thing. Did you give the tenant a new unit?
      I was born to be wild, but only until about 9:00 pm.

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      • #4
        We offered the Tenant a new unit and as of yet they have declined. I am however holding one for them.

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        • #5
          They may like the location of their existing unit or are waiting for you to also offer to pay to move the items to the new unit. IMO it is an easy decision for them to make and so I wouldn't hold a unit for them after they decline. Unless of course you have several of the same size unit.
          "Never let the inmates run the asylum!"

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          • #6
            So this tenant complained about a leak in their unit but declined to move to another one? Sounds like trouble waiting to happen. I'd tell them they must move to the other unit so you can address the leak issue with the one they are currently in.
            I had a tenant do the exact same thing. Said they had a leak in their unit, I offered them another unit near-by, and gave them a credit toward their rent. They never moved into the other unit and didn't come back for more than a month. Then they complained again. I had everything documented and was able to throw the responsibility back on them for never moving to the new unit.
            Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

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            • #7
              DairyGirl is right. This smells fishy and that is not good around Thanksgiving.
              "Never let the inmates run the asylum!"

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              • #8
                I mean come on, if it were my unit and something of mine got wet/damaged.
                Yeah, I want to move my stuff!!!
                Come on, I smell something fishy too!!!!
                Did this person show you any pictures of what was damaged?
                You would want them to locate to another unit
                What IF this probelm does exist and it continues to get worse?


                Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.

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                • #9
                  Document, document, document....................................oh, and document.
                  "Never let the inmates run the asylum!"

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, most tenants would be quite happy to switch out of a leaky unit! I would insist.. "sorry but we need to get in there".

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                    • #11
                      If you are dealing with understanding people I see nothing wrong with being nice. ! weeks rent nice, but check the roof for a leak, fix it, if it is a metal roof walk the roof and look for loose screws. But that is what having insurance is all about. I would say you have no responsibly for there belongings getting wet. But saying all of this make sure your lease is strong in this respect. IMO
                      Dave (Woodee) Scott

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