Technically you may have breached your lease by letting someone else live there, with out consent from the landlord (in writing). So, the sooner you make a sweet deal with him, the better. Otherwise, sounds like you all might be looking for somewhere else to live. Unless you did, then you're all good.
Best of Luck,
Lauren Cotner - Hunter Mason Realty
The roommate hadn't been home in 3wks, only to grab some clothes while we weren't home. He came by this past Saturday distraught & apologetic, wanting to work things out. MIND YOU, we still hadn't received March rent from him. He mentioned he wanted to work things out - telling me his GF that was causing all of our problems (that led us to the situation we're in) took most of his money from his bank acct. He only stayed to rest a few hours, left once again & hasn't been back. I put the 3 day notice on his door, took a pic & sent it to him.....no response. My husband tried contacting him.....no response. Well today was the 3rd day of the notice. My husband left for work @ 3:30, I arrived home @ 5:45, during those 2 hours & 15min the roommate came by & quickly took all of his belongings (minus a nice set of golf clubs, trash that had been sitting for 3wks & some random items) w/out leaving the keys OR our rent check. (I think he must've been scoping the place to make sure we were gone)
I know the 3 day notice means either pay us the rent OR move out w/in those 3days, but since we have not recv'd the rent, is there ANY further steps I could take? Is there only small claims court now? And yes, the locks are getting changed 1st thing in the a.m!
What you are going through is stressful, creating financial hardship and probably driving you crazy. Because of that, you might be tempted to do something you would later regret.
I would be extremely careful about following suggestions to "change the locks, box his stuff and send him a notice to come pick it up" . I would also be concerned about someone "using drugs" in my home. This sounds like the type of situation where you definitely need some legal advice. The legal consequences of improper dealings with a tenant or of having drugs found in your home will far outweigh the cost of some lost rents and the fees you will have to pay the attorney. If you need a referral to a local Landlord/Tenant Rights Attorney, please feel free to contact me.
Good luck resolving this very touchy problem and Dare to Dream.
Shel-lee Davis, QSCÂ®
Certified Distressed Property Expert â€“ CDPEÂ®
Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource â€“ SFRÂ®
Certified HAFA Specialist â€“ CHSÂ®
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RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
These links may be useful to you given your situation:
http://docs.Steven-Anthony.com/Landlord-TenantGuideCA2010.pdf AND http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/renters-rights