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Question: Our tenant owes us back rent and is stating that he is probably going to file bankruptcy. We’ve been trying to work with him but are getting nervous now. Do we lose all the back rent if he files bankruptcy?

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Question: I am an owner of a duplex and I suspect my next-door neighbor is dealing drugs. I have a six-month agreement with him that is not up for several more months. What can I do?

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Question: We have a tenant who has been in the unit for one year and has painted it dark purple. Can I charge the resident for returning the paint color to white when he vacates the unit?

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Question: Under a 12-month lease on a single-family home, if a tenant breaks a window and does not repair it after a week or two, can we take the money out of the next rent payment?

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Question: How can we enforce the entry-rules clause in our lease? One of our residents is refusing to show the rental unit to a prospective purchaser of the building.

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Question: One of our single tenants who was renting a small one-bedroom unit recently died. There are still three months remaining on his lease. What should I do with the security deposit?

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Question: I am considering selling a duplex I own.  Both sides are rented under one-year leases. A potential buyer said he would need to move into one side of the unit and could not wait for the lease to expire. If there is a sale, doesn’t that terminate any lease I have with the tenants?

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Question: What are the reasons that a tenant can legally break a lease agreement? Is relocation due to a job change a legal reason to break the lease?

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Question: I have a suspicion that one of our tenants falsified his application by giving me a different name and Social Security number than his own. If I can prove this, what are my rights? I have a six-month lease, and he just moved in.

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Question: I have a tenant who always “races” his car in the parking area. We have families with small children and a posted five mile per hour speed limit. What can I do to make him stop?

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