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Old 03-16-2009, 05:41 AM
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I have a upstairs rental unit the btm unit rent
fine. The upstairs stay pretty much vacate all
tho it a nice unit.Im thinking it getting all that
furniture up an down thats the downside. So what
I would like to do is furnish it an rent it out weekly
. Would there be a iviction process I would have
to go though after 7 days rent is up if there not
paying .Can I just tell them to leave.
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I'd have them pay up front with a deposit for the full week, or couple weeks that they are there.
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You should check the landlord tenant code for your state. If you lock someone out or order them to leave without following the law you can wind up legally accountable. Sorry to sound harsh but its not as simple as you make it anymore.
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Originally Posted by starmonk View Post
You should check the landlord tenant code for your state. If you lock someone out or order them to leave without following the law you can wind up legally accountable. Sorry to sound harsh but its not as simple as you make it anymore.

Im thinking there may be process for weekly rentors
just like monthly rentors.You would think you pay
for 7 days you get 7 days.Ill keep searching
thanks for replies
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The local judge that hears these kinds of cases has a LOT to do with your options. Ask other landlords about their eviction histories and see whether the judge leans for or against landlords. Down here he is strictly for tenants with miniscule awards and granting any extension the deadbeats ask for...so an eviction process can turn into 4 months of non-rent plus court costs of $475, which you'll never collect back.

Once a person moves into a place, only the law can get them out...unless their air conditioner malfunctions or there's a power malfunction that cause them to not be able to use their stove...but even then some of them buy a hotplate and window unit and laugh at you, from what I hear.

Your idea of renting it furnished is a good one. Hope your research goes well for you. If you rent the upstairs, consider whether you want little ones in the unit...running around will make the downstairs people unhappy...
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First off, I am not a lawyer and this should not be considered legal advice, but, I believe the laws for weekly rentals are the same as monthly rentals - at least here where I live. If the tenant has their clothes, belongings, considers it their residence you will have to comply with the summary possession requirements the same as if you rented monthly. That means if the agreement was set for a specific term then you could serve eviction at the end of the term but you still have to give the tenant the right to a court hearing and then if the court grants an eviction usually it is another 30 days I think before you take summary possession. So it could take potentially months to get them out...Again, sorry if it is not what you want to hear but it is the reality.
Best bet is to check out your local landlord tenant code. You can probably search online for a summary of the requirements. That would at least give you a starting point on your decision. Good Luck.
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I've had more problems with long term housing renters than I care to think about. These were nice people paying some good money in Chatham on Cape Cod. Not exactly the low rent district. We do rent it thru an agent in the summer months.

The last thing I would EVER get into is weekly, furnished renters. I'd rather poke myself in the eye with sharp objects.
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Depending on the area it might not be legal to even do weekly rentals.
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In some areas once someone moves in it can be a very long process to have them legally evicted even if they refuse to pay any rent. Eventually you will get them out though. Being a landlord is more than just collecting a rent check every month.
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
The last thing I would EVER get into is weekly, furnished renters. I'd rather poke myself in the eye with sharp objects.
Best advice in the entire thread. Been there, done that, don't work.
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The demographic of a weekly renter....let's think about it.

Hubbie or Sweetie got kicked out of the house...anger issues and they'll be taking it out on the world, AKA your apartment walls.
Temporary tradesmen....drink, party, treat it like a motel without security on site
People that can't afford a month's rent.... no comment needed.
Homeless people wanting off the street.... they have nothing to lose by fighting the eviction; they know the ropes; they'll get a friend into the apt. that's sick and..."can't be moved for health reasons".
Single parents with kids....you might as well adopt them because no judge is going to let them go onto the street, ever.
Street-wise pros....for the $200 they pay for the first week, they'll get 4 months of free rent. Since YOU will be paying the utilities and it's turning into summer, that $200 will get them about $4000 worth of housing and utilities and they'll ask the sheriff to help them load their junk into their car (that they paid for with the money they saved in rent).

I can't think of any reason why a person with a legitimate income would rent weekly or monthly other than the very rare person that's waiting for their new home to be finished or for the insurance claim that's needing temporary housing while their home is being restored. If a person doesn't fall into either one of those categories, then you're at risk.
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Bamaboy,
You forgot one class of people...

High paid ,upper management position at a very expensive (most) resort on the water in Chatham. Winter renter, divorced, 2 kids, girlfriend. Rents a very nice home then stops paying rent. Never around as his job is gone but he works elsewhere out of state up north now and only returns weekends. Find out later he's in the paper in a more southern state for tax evasion. Real stand up guy I tell ya. Being winter you can't toss his ass out into the cold because that's illegal. trashed the house and it's contents, left more crap behind and stole hundreds of dollars worth of household goods, moves out one day prior to getting served. Just as good anyway as I was heading down to pull the electric meter off the house, winter season was now over at this time. I would love to share the name of this scumbag but won't only because I have nothing to gain from it.
Thankfully we kept the utilities in our name because the last time we got stiffed we had to pay them anyway to get things turned on.

Our loss was near 9000.00 plus expenses of replacement items, cleanup, paint and repair. Total was over 20K to put it back the way it was.
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Maybe by the hour?
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Originally Posted by abeal2 View Post
Maybe by the hour?
yep, a whole new way of looking at renters. Plus, if your downstairs tenants are running short of cash, they can be valet parking, reservations, laundry service, medical safety condiment sales, legal intervention, bouncers, etc.

Get you some of those girls that look like SandBar material and start planning your next, larger, boat!
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OK then.
New thread.
Pics to follow in the Sand Bar.
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here in fla it is a total pain in the azz to kick a renter out.it can take up to 90 day's and cost upwards of 400 buck's.I do believe if you set it up like a motel and charge and pay the required taxes you can have them gone in less than a day.but as some one else mentioned I would rather shoot myself in the nad's than to ever rent again.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
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I can't think of any reason why a person with a legitimate income would rent weekly or monthly other than the very rare person that's waiting for their new home to be finished or for the insurance claim that's needing temporary housing while their home is being restored.
There are very good reasons.
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I visit these threads to learn from either knowledge or experience. While knowing that it might not ever be so, the thought remains that some day our Surfer Gurl will say something worthwhile. Hard to believe she has so many worthless posts....

Maybe next time...
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
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I can't think of any reason why a person with a legitimate income would rent weekly or monthly other than the very rare person that's waiting for their new home to be finished or for the insurance claim that's needing temporary housing while their home is being restored. [...]
Originally Posted by SurferGirl View Post
There are very good reasons.
Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
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Maybe next time...
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Originally Posted by SurferGirl View Post
I think most states have a motel, hotel and rooming house category. If you are set up that way and you pay the accommodation tax to the local government you can Lock them out for being one minute late.

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