Landlord/Tenant Questions & Answers
Ted Kimball, Esq.
1. Question: We rent a house to a family. My husband helped the tenant move a washing machine into the laundry room and noticed that the tenant’s defective hoses had leaked water onto the sheetrock. We want to have the sheetrock repaired. Can we deduct the cost from his security deposit and then send a 30-day notice for the tenant to reinstate that amount?
Answer: You can serve a 3-day notice to perform conditions and covenants or quit to require the tenant to make repairs or to pay for the repairs. If they do not comply with the notice, you can proceed with an eviction, or alternatively, deduct repair costs from their security deposit.
2. Question: I heard that if a tenant is using drugs on a property, the landlord can be charged on a drug charge, is this true?
Answer: A landlord can be cited for maintaining a drug-related nuisance if he or she does not take reasonable steps to remove the illegal drug activity from the property. The local enforcement agency must first advise the landlord of the nuisance.