I've had the same tenant in a rental house for the last 5 years. They always paid late but I always got paid and they never complained and fixed everything on their own dime. It worked.
Recent, they got behind to the point where I filed for eviction and was scheduled for last week. My tenant contacts me with this sob story about how they fell behind because his wife has cancer and she needs cancer surgery on the day of the eviction. Now, this is total bullshit but I agree to give them a few days to move. I figure, fine, it would be cheaper than me paying a cleanout crew anyway.
So I get an email from the wife on the night of the now cancelled eviction telling me that her husband now had a heart attack and is at the hospital. More bullshit. However, she tells me that they will be moved out on the date they proposed and thanked me .
I had our property manager make a couple of drivebys and they had a moving truck there over last weekend.
The day after they were supposedly out, I get a call from animal control saying that there are dogs in the house (against the lease) and need to get in. A neighbor thought they left and left the dogs behind. Before I get there, the sheriff calls back and tells me the tenants came and got the dogs. You know, the tenants who just had cancer surgery and a heart attack.
That same neighbor gets my contact information from an acquaintance and is telling me they are coming over every night and leaving. They are driving a car with no freaking tags.
I've contacted the tenants telling them I am doing a final walkthrough on Sunday and have gotten no response. I went to the house and there is shit everywhere outside, like personal belongings. The same neighbor is also telling me that they have egged her car because she called animal control. She's also saying that they are bringing the dogs over at night.
What a freaking mess. I rescheduled the eviction for Dec 1st. However, I'm thinking that this might be considered abandoned property. All indications from them are that they have moved out but they have a ton of shit everywhere. I'm thinking I should probably change the locks but I don't know if I'm legally able to do that.