As of June 5, for 2008, the tenant owes $5550 in rent (6 mos X $925/mo), and he's paid $2425. Mostly partial payments, one small overpayment in April, and no payments in March or June. I know you're not a lawyer and not my lawyer, but first, I'm looking for legal *information*. In Hamilton County, TN, do I give 14-days notice (TN 66-7-109
) or 30 (TN 66-28-505
)? Also, there is currently no formal rental agreement -- I assume it's assumed to be a month-to-month arrangement. I know, that's stupid, but to further complicate things, it's a house my Mom owns, and she's asked me to handle it. Can I handle this without the expense of an attorney?
On top of the mechanics, how do I tactfully do it? They seem like decent people; they just can't or won't pay the rent. Things went well for the first two years, but they were down about $1500 last year, and now they're down $3125 in 2008. The husband changed jobs in late 2007, and that was the excuse then, and now the excuse is that the wife worked for some Ponzi scheme operator
, and she was never paid in full. Times are tough for these folks, and I feel bad for them, but they're also making things tough on my Mom. The reality is that they need something they can afford, and I have to push them there. Plus, I'd be nice if they didn't leave the place trashed, and even though it's a pipe-dream, maybe feel obligated to make good on some past rent.
Any advise is most appreciated.