Few of us would ever allow our Tenants to move in before their lease begins but . . . many of us do unwittingly!
Would you ever knowingly allow your Tenant to move into your property early? Perhaps unwittingly.
Think about this scenario for a minute: You have rented your property and the lease begins on the 1st of the month which is a Sunday. For our convenience, many times, we may be inclined to give the Tenants the keys on a Friday or Saturday, so that we don’t have to do it early Sunday morning. What happens so many times is that the Tenant is excited about their new place and now that they have the keys they go by just for a look . . . just to “breathe it in”. When they get there, they remember those two boxes in the back of the car . . . “Gee, if I get those out, then I can start with an empty car on moving day.” Once those boxes go from their car to the house or condo, technically, they have “moved in”!
Now, let me ask you, what is the effective for their renter’s insurance? Chances are, it doesn’t take effect until the 1st. why would it start sooner? Without that date (the now NEW move in date) being covered in their lease or their renter’s insurance being in effect . . . you, the Landlord, are liable for any damage, or injuries they may occur during that time between when they moved the boxes in until the lease start date on the lease!
To solve this issue, we always wrote the lease to begin on the day we gave them the keys and, required the Tenant to have their renter’s insurance effective on that date also. You don’t necessarily need to charge them for the extra days rent . . . just cover yourself legally and from a liability perspective.
In summary, think through the date relating to move in dates and “possible” move in dates. You might just save yourself some heartache.
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