Hi I am a landlord with difficult tenants. I actually live in Unit#2 of the fourplex that I rent them unit #1.They were on a standard Texas 12 month lease. They have signed an notice to vacate because of a bogus issue. I actually was willing to let them out of their lease with 30 days notice. They communicated to me that there was a health issue with an AC vent in the garage that is could lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning. They have never parked in the garage. I entered the unit with witnesses and with giving them 24 hr written notice and corrected the issue. That evening they harassed me at my home after hours and I called the police and I believe that they were charged with criminal trespass. Their written notice to vacate is for Sept 30th, I have evicted people before but they are particularly difficult. How can I best protect my property and my family?
Yes I am concerned with both damage in the next 30 days, but I have their security deposit for that, what I am most concerned with is them not honoring their signed notice to vacate and ongoing harassment because we are landlord occupiers.
I posted this on their door. After their harassment.
On Sept 4th police were called to this address as you made threats regarding our lawful entry to make your requested repairs to your unit. Subsequently, you were charged with Criminal Trespass (PD# XXXXX –(NNN) NNN-NNNN. Be advised that you are presently COMPLETELY PROHIBITED from trespassing onto our property at 1234 Street Units #2, #3, and #4. Video surveillance has been installed and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law should you trespass. You may continue to occupy unit#1 and its driveway to which you hold tenancy until Sept 30th per signed agreement.
Any notices or communication at this point must be sent only via USPS to our address.
Again, you may not approach our property for any reason whatsoever.
On Sept 30th a walk-through is scheduled for surrender of the property.
So my question is what protections am I legally entitled to and how do I ensure that they vacate as stipulated
Would a protective order be applicable?
How to best do the turning over of the keys/property inspection ensuring my/family's safety?
Are there any special exceptions in property law for landlord occupiers?
So there are no extra protections for owner occupiers?
Also does the 30 day signed notice to vacate speed up the eviction process or do I still have to serve them notice to vacate as usual? etc..I would like to be prepared as they are unpredictable. What can I do if I start to see damage? Can I schedule periodic inspections?
So the 30 day notice is their intent to break the lease, what happens if they send me rent the following month? And on what basis can I evict after the 30 days?
The bond for Immediate Possession - is that through JP court? Does there have to be a judgement prior?
Just so that I understand it correctly, their 30 day notice is binding and they have forefited their right to tenancy past that date?
Could I file a bond for immediate possession on the day following their move out date? What is the process, can they appeal, is it easier than eviction?
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