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#1 D- Lee

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 07:12 PM

Hey guys, 

 

its been a while since ive chatted on these boards. Had to put the lease options down for a season. Im now a homeowner and im planning to lease out a room to an individual whom seems to be a pretty decent person. Despite my positive feelings and him passing a background check, do you guys recommend having him sign a contract to rent my extra bedroom? Im hearing a variety of approaches from friends and family. Some have recommended a simple verbal agreement to eliminate getting courts and such involved. Whilst others have suggested completing a contract so that if the person squats one can file an eviction. What are your opinions? 

 

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 07:37 PM

Hi Dion-

 

What ever happened to the hand shake?  Verbal agreements are only as good as the paper they're written on. he-said/she-said


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 08:52 PM

Hello, Dion!  It sure has been awhile.  Good to hear from you again.

I wouldn't consider renting to anyone without something in writing, even if it is just a room in my house.  Heck, even if I knew the person.  That opens up doors to all sorts of potential problems.  And if there is a problem of any kind, a written agreement will go a long way toward eliminating that problem in a timely manner.  Not having an agreement could potentially involve the legal system even more.


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Posted 18 June 2017 - 11:37 AM

Hey Folks, Happy fathers day Michael, 

 

quick question. my tenant has a son 13 yrs. old coming up from south florida to live with him for a month (my house). our florida residential agreement doesnt state anything regarding damages done by a tenants guests. does florida have a law holding the tenant responsible for his guests damages? if not, can on simply add some verbiage to the agreement? does anyone have suggestions? trying not have to pay for an attorney. 

 

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 12:01 PM

Hi,  Dion.  There isn't any need for an attorney.  A tenant is responsible for any damages their guest causes.  It isn't necessary to specifically add an addendum to the existing lease.  However, if it helps you to sleep better, you can write "Tenant agrees to accept responsibility for any and all damages that their guests may cause.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:47 PM

thanks Mike. Does anyone have an extra addendum form they could email? 



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:49 PM

Dion, I simply type up a page headed "Addendum", then list the additional corrections/additions that are needed.  Have it signed and dated by your tenant and yourself and it's done.






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