Seeking tenant landlord laws in the VI
Thanks for the help everyone. My plan is to bring payment reciepts for on time payment throughout the duration of the lease until the time in question. We had every intention of fulfilling the term of our lease until we were told we had to leave and were given no option to pay the late rent.
Being two weeks late on rent doesn't seem like a reasonable excuse for her eviction notice. I will contact the Legal Services tomorrow and ask for any advice.
I appreciate everyone's time and attention to my inquiry.
I have sat through alot of landlord/tenant disputes since they go before small claims cases. All of the time the judge says, "Did you get it in writing?" When you say you were told to leave the judge will stop you right there. Be sure you have that in writing that the landlord said you had until such a date to comply, and you have her response in writing that she would not take your payment beyond that time.
Can anyone tell me if there is a legal time limit in the VI (St Croix) for a landlord/property manager to refund a security deposit after vacating a rental property?(left after 30 days notice, and had ok inspection of property manager)
Thanks, any advice is greatly appreciated!
re-sharing that link from the vi superior court, it's probably going to answer a lot of questions right away.
FAQ - Landlord/Tenant: http://www.visuperiorcourt.org/FAQ/FAQ_Landlord.aspx
also, the vi code thru lexisnexis has a entire landlord tenant section... navigate through after accepting the little agreement to take it "as is"...
TITLE TWENTY-EIGHT Property >Chapter 31. Landlord and Tenant
great information for anyone who is living here or thinking of living here, or owning property, to have!
best to you,
"do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind."
--- scott nearing
It pays to have a good lease agreement.
As long as both parties have signed then the lease dictates the terms and must be followed.
Always have everything in writing and keep all correspondence between parties.
I have had great tenants and I have had terrible tenants. I know people that have had nightmare tenants who have destroyed their property drained their cisterns and snuck out during the night, owing money and I know people that have had nightmare landlords as well.
There really is no way to know beforehand what will occur so do the best to cover yourself, in writing.
As a landlord it is disheartening, frustrating, time consuming and expensive to have tenants that have rented a spotlessly clean home with everything in excellent working condition only to get it back in a condition where one must spend lots of money and time, fixing, painting, cleaning everything, inside and out, in order to get it back to a suitable rental condition. Then, tenants wonder why a landlord had to withhold any portion of the security deposit in order to fix things that they did not take care of or ruined. I have seen this happen to many landlords as well as to myself over the course of years. I love it when it doesn't happen but have come to realize many tenants just have no pride in someone else's property and have absolutely no idea how to clean.
I also recommend to both tenants and landlords to take pictures of the property both before and after the new tenant's term of tenancy.