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Old 07-23-2008, 06:18 AM
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Does anyone have a clause in their lease agreement for repairs stating you have to pay the first $75 or thereabouts?
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:01 AM
Location: Long Beach, CA
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If it's a habitabilty issue, NO WAY. That's the owner's responsibility. I work FT for a PM Company, and also manage 3 buildings "on the side". I've been in PM for many years and I've never heard of a clause stating you have to pay the first $75+. I'd look for another place to live.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:14 AM
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Thank you!!!
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:03 PM
Location: 2nd state in the union...
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I've never had a clause like that and would never sign a lease stating so.
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:07 AM
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Apparently it's a girl clause. If he only knew what home improvements I've made to my own house he would be embarrassed. Honestly, if I didn't have pets I'd rent an apartment with resident professionals who pretty much treat everyone the same.
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:56 PM
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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Girl clause? What a ... well something I can't say on this board

I am so over getting treated like I don't know what the hell I'm doing. Though it can be fun to really go after them and surprise them with... i don't know the law? ....
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:52 PM
Location: Maryland
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When you get a copy of a lease (usually they have to give anyone one who asks), take it to the courthouse and get it reviewed, or get them to recommend a lawyer. I have never seen a lease that was legal. Ever! I have to get current tenants to sign my new lease and explain to them that their's is obsolete. I see things like $5 per day late fee, the law says 5% monthly. Rent increases can only be 12% annual. Every state is different. I can't quote your laws, but a local attorney can. Just because it's on the lease, doesn't make it legal. Rental law is fluid and thorough. Most landlords or tenants really don't know what's legal or not. Most leases are what the landlord wants. That's too bad, the renter has many unadvertised rights.
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:20 AM
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How about offering a $50 deductible for repairs if they take a $100/month discount on the monthly rent? This saves the tenant $100/month to keep the house in great shape and save us both money by making minor repairs on their own. Would this hold up legally?
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:11 PM
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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When paying first and last months rent, why do I always hear that "last months" rent can't be used for the last months rent payment?
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:34 PM
Location: The best little city in the country
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Our leases typically include a clause where the tenant is responsible for the first $50 on repairs. These are single family homes, individually owned, but all managed by the same pm company. We encourage our owners to maintain home warranties, and - guess what? The home warranty charge is $50 per visit. That way, if the tenant has problems, they are set up to go directly to the home warranty company, and schedule at their convenience.

If it's an apartment complex, or large facility that has on-site maintenance, then it would be odd. But, it is common (at least in Phx) to keep the home warranty on the property (especially if there is a pool) and have the tenant responsible for the home warranty service call fee. If they have to come out more than once for the same problem, there is no fee the second time. If the tenant is doing stupid things like flushing diapers down the toilet - it curbs the problem a little quicker. If it's a major repair, and the warranty company notifies us of that, and gives us the breakdown, then we have the owner refund the service call fee back to the tenant.
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