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Compensation of days without a kitchen by shawn on May 7, 2018 @17:58

We had water damage/mold in the kitchen, so a company came out and sealed off the entire kitchen. So, the tenant didn't have use of the kitchen for about 20 days. They're great tenants and I want to offer some rent abatement, but I'm not quite sure how much. I certainly don't think they should get free rent for those days because they did have use of the rest of the house. What do you guys recommend?
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Re: Compensation of days without a kitchen by Garry (Iowa) on May 7, 2018 @19:53 [ Reply ]
AT LEAST 50% off of 1 months rent. (maybe even 75% ) The kitchen is the focal point of any home. Without being able cook, clean dishes, or get anything out of the refrigerator, they would have to go out to eat 3 times a day for every day of those 20 days. Then add in the cost of gasoline for those 20 days, paper plates and plastic utensils they had to buy, plus the extra TIME in lines to get food, and you have a VERY INCONVEINENCED tenant. They might have even had to buy a cooler, and put ice in it, to use for pop, milk, or beer. Ask yourself this-----could YOU go for even 2 days in your own home, without ANYBODY even putting 1 foot inside the kitchen?
Re: Compensation of days without a kitchen by Anonymous on May 7, 2018 @21:41 [ Reply ]
In my state, you'd be required to set them up in a comparable hotel room while the work is being completed. This will vary by locale, but depending on your market, a $125 per day fee would be the expectation, so no less than $2500. Regardless of what the rent is.
Re: Compensation of days without a kitchen by shawn on May 8, 2018 @12:25 [ Reply ]
I neglected to say I'm in California and they've had inspections almost daily! They had to buy a mini-fridge,etc. So, I took your advice and gave them next month rent free. They were over-the-top happy about this. Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it!

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