The Still Usable Tenant Damage

How Do You Charge The Tenant for Damage of Still Usable Items

Question: The tenant used brand new stainless steel fridge as a back stop for golf balls; dent everywhere, tenant vacates fridge is three years old, all is cosmetic, what do you charge?

That's just horrifying. I would probably charge the tenants for new fridge because I doubt the tenants would actually argue that charge. There's a difference between what you can legally do. If you're actually in front of a judge and having to explain your actions, and that's always important to consider and what you can actually away with. If you're in front of or anticipate being in front of a real estate judge, my answer would be different.

In the case of tenants that decided they were going to use your fridge as a driving range...


Joe White

Joe White is a Philadelphia Property Manager and Real Estate Broker. He is the owner of Grow Property Management and has been involved in the management, sales and purchases of Philadelphia area rental investment properties since 2008. He is an author and works as a real estate investment consultant and construction manager.

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