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Old 03-07-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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So I have two tenants living upstairs in the duplex that I own and reside in. I have had problems with these people since they moved in. They have broken a sink, my washer by crashing into it with their car, their refrigerator, and have generally been reckless. I didn't have a problem with this although it has annoyed me. I was unable to prove they were the cause of the damage so I have fixed the problems without charging them ( I don't know if I could). I have a copy of the lease but I never signed it ( accidentally) and although when I confronted them about never paying the water bill they claimed to have the lease when I told them the water bill responsibility was in there they miraculously never received it. Well, the situation has gotten worse in the past few days with the tenant ( who was originally a family friend of my girlfriend's) verbally accosting first me and then my girlfriend ( quite severely with her in turn retaliating) . It has gotten pretty ugly. I was wondering what I could do to get these people out!
-They do not have a copy of the lease
- I never signed the lease
- They haven't paid the water bill that we were supposed to split
- I never perused this delinquency
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:39 PM
 
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Also, they have posted slanderous misinformation about me and my girlfriend online.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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You need to give a written notice to vacate with X days. If that expires and they have not left, you need to file a complain with the court.

You are probably not going to get them to pay for water since you never got a payment from them. You have not written lease so it's an oral lease.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:36 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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You need to give a written notice to vacate with X days. If that expires and they have not left, you need to file a complain with the court.

You are probably not going to get them to pay for water since you never got a payment from them. You have not written lease so it's an oral lease.
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This.

I am a landlord, and only once in a dozen years did I have to evict a tenant. This tenant's lease had expired and refused to leave or pay rent because she claimed I did not make certain repairs (like a hairline crack in the ceiling plaster even though the property is a 120 year old Victorian structure in superb condition). Anyway, Licenses and Inspections (L&I) came to inspect the property and lectured her for wasting their time on imaginary violations because my property was in excellent condition.

Whatever you do ... DO NOT change the locks and throw their things out on the sidewalk. Begin the eviction process in a legal and proper way. The process will take 60 to 90 days. You may have to hire an attorney and that might set you back a few hundred dollars.There is a well known attorney who specializes in representing landlords whose office is in Center City on 12th Street near Market Street.

If you are actually living on the property and they have no written lease it will not be that difficult to do.
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