Without mincing words, the tenant has been a pain in the butt the entire time she has been in the house; it started with her complaining about trivial items and escalated to her complaining that the her heating bills were so high that she couldn’t afford to pay them (despite her choice to leave the thermostat at 75 degrees during the winter).
This was back in January (during the coldest winter on record here in Atlanta), and when I suggested that she consider turning her heat down, she came back the following week and said that her child’s doctor had diagnosed the child with asthma stemming from the cold house, and that she didn’t know what to do. To avoid a ridiculous on-going argument, at the time I told her that we’d be happy to let her out of her lease with no penalty; we didn’t hear anything from her for the next few months.
Then yesterday, she called my project manager (who is my Property Manager as well), and told him that the doctor is now saying the asthma is the result of “either the carpet or the ducts in the house.” Considering the carpet was new when she moved in and the ducts were professionally cleaned, I highly doubt that’s the case, but again, I didn’t feel like arguing. So, again, I offered to let her out of the lease.
This time, she took us up on it. Of course, when I told her I’d need a firm date that she will be leaving, she hemmed and hawed that didn’t didn’t know where she was going to go and needed more time to figure it out. I reminded her that this didn’t seem like the response of a concerned parent, and that I’d only let her out of the lease if she could give me a firm date.
Ultimately, she decided that she’d leave on May 15 (about a month from now). My attorney is writing up a contract to release her from the lease (I want to be careful with this one, as she has claimed health issues from the house), and I expect we’ll have it signed and official later this week.
So, come May 15, the property will be vacant, and while we’re considering all options, I have a feeling we’ll probably put it up for sale at that time.