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Discussion in 'Property Management' started by MJS1034, 4th Nov, 2015.

  1. MJS1034

    MJS1034 Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone.

    I got an email from my property manager this afternoon saying she's had a request from the tenants asking if one of their friends can move in with them until end of January.

    The property has 3 bedrooms and all 3 are currently being used by the 3 single tenants on the lease.

    What are my options from here? Pros and cons of this? Will it affect my insurance?

    They have only been in my property for just over 4 months but have been excellent tenants during this time.

    Appreciate any responses you guys might have.
    Thanks,

    Mitch
     
  2. WestOz

    WestOz Well-Known Member

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    Let-em do it.
    Personally I'd be very impressed they've asked rather than just did, in the end they could have just done, provided their paying rent and not trashing the place there's not much you can do about it.

    One of my places only has an elderly lady on the lease, her friend and two kids moved in later, rents paid, place is tidy (to their standards anyway), she also has a cat now (didn't ask), yes there's more wear & tear but what can ya do, no point stressing about it.

    Don't believe insurance would be an issue, check your PDF.
     
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  3. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    I was initially thinking no, but that seems to make some sense.
    At least they asked.
     
  4. mja

    mja Well-Known Member

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    Get the extra person added to the lease?
     
  5. Wukong

    Wukong Well-Known Member

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    When I was renting a 3 bedder and hosted friends or family for a couple weeks. Checked with PM and got told each room can have two people. So I could have 6 people staying without needing to amend the lease
     
  6. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    And make them sleep on the lounge.
     
  7. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

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    @WestOz is right. A bad tenant would never have even asked. Just ensure that your PM documents the person correctly with the agreed period.
     
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  8. MJS1034

    MJS1034 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone for your quick responses.

    All confirmed what I thought. Look after good tenants and hopefully they'll look you back.

    As we know good tenants are hard to find.

    Thanks again
     
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  9. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Just out of curiosity, where is the 4th person going to sleep?
     
  10. MJS1034

    MJS1034 Well-Known Member

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    Apparently a mattress on the floor in one of the bedrooms
     
  11. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    There are far more negative consequences in saying "no", tenants leaving, vacancies, cleaning, re-advertising, re-letting etc...

    Also consider that unhappy tenants do not look after properties.

    Yes is the more cost-effective answer to this question.
     
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  12. FirstIP

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    Yes: a good tenant will ask permission and it's a short period of time. If the tenant goes to the trouble of asking, I'd try to say yes unless I had a really good reason to say no.
     
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