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Re: eviction due to storm damage
on September 25, 2017 @15:01
Have a city inspector visit the property with you asap, and have the inspector determine which rooms, or even the whole house, as livable or unlivable. Then discuss with your tenants what you are going to do to the property, and which rooms your contractor may need total access to, to repair the damage. It may end up that by mutual agreement, the tenants will move out on their own asap.
If certain portions of the house, or the whole house, is deemed uninhabitable now, or for the construction phase, the tenants will either owe you no rent, or a reduced amount of rent, for the period and parts of the home that they could not use. Put everything in writing so there are no misunderstandings.
If the tenants completely move out, you should return their entire security deposit as soon as they are out. Do not try to wait the 30 days that you may have by law, to return it. This was an act of God, so neither party should hold the other liable for the terms of the lease.
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