My tenant has a lease thru August 15 and will not be renewing. They found a new place and signed a lease beginning on August 1st, so they will be paying a double rent for those few weeks. We said we were happy to release them early if we can find a new tenant before then. They said they will be moved out by the 1st, so if we begin the painting/cleaning process between the 1st and the 15th, can we still collect the rent from them during those days to prep the condo? If we collect the keys from them before the 15th does that technically end their lease early and they dont have to pay or are we better off to clean up while they still have access? Thanks
You're talking about two weeks here. Legitimately since California is a literal State, just prorate the last couple of weeks and proceed with the standard move out. Legally they will still be responsible to leave the unit as it was originally rented and chances are you will be able to increase the rent to market rate and make up the difference. You have to have a little give and take.
As long as you do not re-rent it before the 15th you can keep the rent they give you and start working on fixing it up. They did break the lease even though it was just two weeks. If they don't complain take the money but if you do find a renter before then pro-rate the amount they paid after they moved. Personally if they gave you 30 day notice and were good renters I would not charge them for the two weeks but that is just me, legally you are entitled.