Carren and I never intended to become landlords. It just kind of happened in 2010 when she was looking at home listings and we saw one we absolutely loved, but we couldn't manage to sell the one we were living in at the time. So we decided that we could carry two mortgages if we could manage to rent out one. We found a tenant and everything was working out pretty well until about a year ago when he started paying the rent a few days late every month.
It was always some excuse like he had to wait until he got paid, or he had just been hit for child support, or a host of other excuses. Finally it came to a head this year when he ended up three months behind, so we gave him a notice to vacate the premises by the end of June, with the intent to file an eviction if he didn't move. We got a call on July 1 from the neighbor, telling us that he had been there with a truck and had left somewhat in a hurry, and also that he hadn't been there much lately. So we got over there a couple days ago and found all the furniture moved out, but also that the power was out and by all appearances had been out for some time. It was upon opening the door that we also found out, through rather strong olfactory evidence, that the refrigerator had not been emptied and the contents were in an advanced state of pungent decay.
The other neighbor told us that he had a girlfriend and was staying at her place most of the time, which might account for the fact that the electric bill hadn't been paid in some time, but I just wonder why through all of our harassing him for rent he never told us that he wasn't staying there much lately and that he had let the power get disconnected. To put it simply, the entire house is an absolute mess, the fridge notwithstanding. We're probably going to have to replace the carpet in at least three rooms and the whole house is going to need a massive cleaning from top to bottom. The odd thing is that he left a really nice zero turn mower in the garage, which I'm thinking of either using or selling.
The only thing I'm wondering about is, since we didn't file an eviction through the courts, how much of what he didn't remove from the house do we have any rights to? Not everything in there is trash. He left a washer and dryer, the mower, an xbox, and some decent area rugs. Also, I think I've been completely put off renting and I just want the darn house sold for whatever we can get. That property tax money could be put to much better use. I guess if you have a good tenant, rental property can been a good investment, but there's also my side of it. I don't think I want to run the risk of dealing with another tenant like this again.