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tenants child turns 18 by nina (CA) on November 7, 2017 @22:41

My tenant and her two kids has been living in my rental property for 3 years. The rental is a month-to-month .
One of her kids just turned 18. I know that he still lives in the property, graduated a high school last spring and currently works locally.
Should I prepare a new rental contract, so my current tenant and her 18 years old son, both sign it?

Thank you.
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Re: tenants child turns 18 by Garry (Iowa) on November 7, 2017 @23:38 [ Reply ]
NO !!!! Give the kid a chance to be an adult without trying to tie him down to a lease. You still have the parent on the lease. If she screws up, and you go to court, and she loses, it's her own fault. If the FAMILY is forced to move, thru eviction, or you win a monetary judgement against the mom, the child/adult should not have to pay for the mother's mistakes, simply by having a birthday. Besides, the son will probably want to move out as soon as he is able to. If he does, you will be back to just the mom and 1 child again. Now, if the 18 YO comes back ion 6 months, a year or 2 later, YES, THEN make him sign a lease. BUT NOT NOW!!
Re: tenants child turns 18 by AnonymousFL on November 8, 2017 @13:16 [ Reply ]
@Gary: He would not be "tied down" to a lease. It would be month-to-month. Taking him off would be as easy as doing another lease.

@nina: Since you said that you had to 'have a chat' with the son and since it is a month-to-month rental, I do think it would be a good idea to bring up the subject with your tenant, but be relaxed about it. Mention that you thought the son had turned 18 recently and at some point, he really should be added to the lease; what are his plans? will he be staying around or finding his own place? yadda yadda, and then see what they think is a reasonable time frame to put him on the lease. If the time frame isn't to your liking, try to work out something sooner...but i would suggest somthing in the next two to three months.

Do keep in mind that you already have your tenant on the current lease and they are still responsible for the unit even if the son does something wrong.

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