The rental market has been very slow in Charlotte for the last year although things are starting to pick up. I have leased 2 of my vacant units in the past week and have an application on the 3rd and final vacant unit. Be careful of what things you do let slide because if you give them an inch, they will take a mile! I hope that you are in Charlotte and can check on the property from time to time. I also do property management for others, so if you ever need a property manager, I would be happy to help!
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
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They're in violation of the lease and you've been in communication with them to try to resolve the matter.
You don't say what else you've allowed "outside of the contract."
You shouldn't have let the move in without payment of those two months. However . . .
The point is that they're in violation of the lease. Check with a lawyer if you choose. Then begin the eviction process.
If you have waited 7 months to bring this to your tenants attention this might not be so clear cut.
So sorry to hear that you are in this situation. You've received a lot of good advice here, but here's my two cents worth....
I think you do need to consider what will happen to the property if you start the eviction process and how long it will take you to rent the property again. In the long run it may not be worth getting a judgement for 2 months rent and having the tenants evicted. It sounds like there are several other issues and you might be feeling like it is best to end the relationship. If after weighing all the costs including lack of rental income while you go through the process and possible repairs needed if they trash the house, you still think it is best to move forward then I would consult an attorney. It doesn't sound like you have been down this road before and it's always best to have a professional on your side when you are in that position. From what I understand, eviction is a fairly simple process so it shouldn't cost you much in attorney fees and court costs.
I wish you the best of luck!
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Hire a professional to help you and get them out.