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My tenant moved out Dec 31st, 2017 - the heat was off when I…

My tenant moved out...

My tenant moved out Dec 31st, 2017 - the heat was off when I went there - the water pump froze, I have 26 water pipe repairs to pay for , my boiler cracked and now looking at $15K in repairs - any suggestions

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Massachusetts

Lawyer's Assistant: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?

Tenant paid for all upkeep

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Tenant was section 8 - behind by months on her portion of the rent. We were coming up on the annual inspection in December - my assumption was they had trashed the house so bad, they were not going to pass any new inspection - so they bolted

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Layne Pecoff
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I am a Criminal Law attorney expert and a former District Attorney, and I will be helping you. Nice to meet you.

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I want to make sure I understand what you are asking:

~How can you handle the property destruction by this (now former) tenant??

Let me know which parts I got right and fill me in on the other parts and we'll go from there. Thanks!

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I would like to bring the full brunt of the law down upon this former tenant. She was throwing garbage out onto the rear deck - rats picked up on it - got into the sheetrocked ceiling on level one and stayed while eating their way thru everything. I never knew there were any rats. We found out when we got there. Do I have any standing/

YES! You absolutely have standing!!

And let me say that I am so sorry this is happening to you, I can imagine how terrible this situation is.

I would say this is the worst-case scenario!

Clearly your tenant has racked up more in property damage than you have in her security deposit, leaving you liable for the difference UNLESS you go to court and sue them to reclaim the difference.

I recommend hiring a local attorney to help you. You will need to create a very detailed timeline of everything that has happened to bring to the attorney's office, plus any paperwork you have (like the lease, the copy of the section 8, any letters you wrote to the tenant).

I wish you good luck with this and it was my pleasure to answer your question!

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I wish you all the best in 2018.

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