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 Tony, Real Estate Pro in Lehigh Acres, FL

Is there anyway for me to break the lease (8 more months to expire)? I want to break the lease & sell my house.

Asked by Tony, Lehigh Acres, FL Fri Jul 8, 2011

I am an out of state investor. I want to sell my house because I am NOT happy with the tenant and my property management so incompetent (Maybe they are so big and many properties and few employees)
Look like to me this tenant always finds problems this and that with my house so he can get away either not paying for the rent or pay late. JUN 11, he paid by the 25th because his pregnant girlfriend is almost due, he had to run here and there for docs.appointments. JUL 11, he doesn't want to pay the rent because the back door has a gap, he has to pay so much money for the A/C bill and outside has no water.
I know my house is a newer house but I understand problems may happen anytime; however, upon he moves in MAR 2011, I spent $3K for the new A/C, APR 2011, I spent almost 1K for the plumbing (several tampon in the pipe).
He still has 8 months of the lease. My question is can I evict him for not paying the rent or lateness? I want to sell my house.

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why dont you try a new property management company? If you cannot ask them these questions......well.....that answers that.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 9, 2011
thank you for your advices. I had a full house inspection before I purchase the house; though the A/C was old but it still worked at that time. The plumbing was okay. After they moved in one month later, the whole was clogged then the plumber found out, the tampons in the sewer. I know selling the house this time is not very best but I am getting sick of problems and the management company isn't very helpful. As of today I still have not received my rent check for June yet even though the management company told me that they already sent out.
Thank you Trulia and you all
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
Danielle and Mark both have great suggestions.

Did you have a full house inspection when you bought the place and is so the inspection report would have given you the expected life of the AC unit.

Best of luck to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
Here is a reource from the Florida Division of Consumer Services detailing landlord and tenant rights in Florida:

Danielle's suggestions below are the good recommendations.

Good luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
Hi' Toni;
Ok, the first thing you have to do is read the contract anf find the clauses for defolt, and second make the managment company send you all late payments and all things that the tenants make (as the plumbing company report for the tampons) and then you could decided what to do.
If you have a lawyer is best to gather all docs. and let him advise.
Thanks for asking and if I can help you on anything let me know.
Luis Lopez Sr
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 8, 2011
It would be best to consult an attorney about breaking contracts. You can still sell the property even while it is tenant occupied though - another investor might be interested or someone who will use the property as a future vacation home in the future. If you are unhappy with your property management you do have the right to change that although read your contract very carefully.

I'm sorry to hear that all has not been as you hoped and wish you the best.

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