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I have a group of new tenants that moved in June. They are

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I have a group of new tenants that moved in June. They are friends with the previous tenants. The new tenants' lease started on 6/1. In May, my old tenants inform me that their new house won't be ready until 6/7. They had already spoken with their friends/my new tenants and they were okay with them staying the extra week. I told them I didn't mind as long as they work it out as I think it's sublet situation. The new tenants move in on 6/1. I told them that we will clean, paint, etc. after the old tenants move out. They were fine with that. The old tenants ended up delaying the move until 6/10. Now, the new tenants are upset because all the cleaning had to be pushed back. They tried to get compensation from my old tenants though I don't think it was discussed prior to. They had no luck and now they want me to refund half of June rent because the unit "wasn't ready" even though they lived there. I had everything (maintenance/cleaning) taken care of as soon as the old tenants moved out. Do they have any basis?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 2 months ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. As long as the property was habitable and the tenants were able to move in and had no expenses in making the property habitable, you would not have any liability to reduce their rent. Again, this assumes that they had use of the property for the period that they paid rent for. You could, if you would like to smooth things out with the tenants, offer a few days off on their next rental payment, but nothing in what you described would make you legally liable to do so.

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Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 2 months ago.

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