Legal Q&A: Tenant’s children damaged wall in home


Question: Our tenant’s children put a 6-inch hole in a plaster wall of the house they are renting. The tenant readily admitted that the children “might have been punching the wall a little.” What are our legal options?

Answer: You can serve a three-day notice to perform conditions and covenants or quit to require the tenant to pay for the repairs to the wall. If they do not comply with the notice, you should prevail in an eviction.

Question: Must three-day notices to pay rent or quit be served to all delinquent tenants at the same time? We manage a large apartment community and sometimes have a multiple of notices to serve.

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