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Hi, had a tenant vacate my rental property after promising to pay on 06/30, then saying he was going to pay on 7/10, called him 7/10 and he advised me they moved out. Amount is $1050 plus carpet cleaning as was explained in lease. In addition we were on a verbal month to month based on lease as it expired last July. His basis for non payment was that I have been late on mortgage payments and assocition fees and felt he did not have to pay. My reason behind behind behind was that I was undercharging them about $350-400 per month as one tenant was my sister in law. Over time and due to medical bills I fell behind however home is not in default and assocition is now paid up. Thanks! Also although totally my fault, we have not been in the property yet but see a lot of garbage on flors etc. Biggest question is A), is worth going after them and B), how should I go about inspecting property...if its worth going after them
Thank you for the prompt reply! For small claims(and I know it is hard to answer this), would I better off hiring a lawyer to help with process serving, etc... or at this point would it probably make it not worth taking them to court for as the cost of a lawyer's time might excede the rent. I also forgot to mention that due to my own ignorance, I was not providing receipts and they were paying cash. All I have as proof is their text messages.
First answer was excellent as well. thank you again!