An Australian couple has all the Doc. signed a 3yr Lease now wants to leave 2 months later; how do you handle?

A nice Australian adult couple (45-55 yrs old) moved out of son's Condo, has all the Legal U.S. Documents (Ca. Driver's Lic., Green Cards, Soc. Sec. #s), has no Credits yet gave them a break by a "Last Month's Rent" additional Deposit plus the regular Sec. Deposit had signed a 3-yr Rental Agreement; 2 months into the Lease, the couple wants to leave the Apt. Unit said will head back to Australia due to personal & health reasons. How do you deal with this situation as a Lessor?
In Property Management - Asked by Jient L. - Sep 30, 2014
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Curtis E.
Broker/Agent
Golden Meadow, LA

Try to find out for sure If it is indeed a heath reason and if so, nothing is to be gained by trying to hold them to the contract as they will be out of the country. In the realm of fair play, sometimes we have to step back and do what we fell is the right thing especially if the Apt can be rented out very easily to someone else.

Oct 1, 2014
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Michael L.
Broker/Agent
Pasadena, CA

I concur with Curtis. You will waste much time and effort if they are going back to Australia. Even if you get a judgement in Small Claims court how will you collect?

Oct 1, 2014
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Chris S.
Developer
Orlando, FL

You could also try to 'mitigate' the loss.. ask them for some sort of buyout. (say 2 months rent to relet the space) May be worth a shot? I also agree with answers 1 and 2. :)

Oct 1, 2014
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Joe I.
Broker/Agent
Anderson, OH

IF YOU KNOW THIS IS REALLY TRUE GIVE THEM YOUR BLESSING AND WISH THEM WELL

Oct 1, 2014
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Mark and Paul B.
Broker/Agent
Pocatello, ID

I usually empathize with the tenant and tell them that I'm fine if they move out, but they'll be responsible for the rent until I've re-leased the unit. With residential, that's usually not too long and most of the time is less than forfeiting their entire security deposit. Treat them in a fair manner how you would appreciate being treated in the same situation and you'll be fine.

Oct 2, 2014
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Reuben D.
Broker/Agent
Whittier, CA

Keep the chanels open, with them. Help them find a solution.
I would look to find new tenant to take over the lease ASAP.
If there are any fees/charges, i.e., loss of deposit for an early bail out, consider a partial charge, they may come back to do business with you, or have a referral.
Show them that it is about solutions, not headaches.

Oct 7, 2014
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marco o.
Broker/Agent
Saugus, MA

Find new tenants for a new lease right away cut you loses I've personally owned over 70 units and you'll never get paid trying to sue MOVE ON !!!

Oct 9, 2014
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Daniel C.
Broker/Agent
Los Angeles, CA

good previous advice, get it rented like today!
dont waste one day, get the move in writing!

May 26, 2017
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