I had a river of shit in one of my rentals. Exacerbated by the fact that the tenant is a hoarder. So, the shit river was not her fault (roots in the line and a broken pipe). However, the year’s worth of garbage, neatly bagged and on a tarp-honestly, if it smelled I couldn’t tell, since her cats (long deceased) had used the back room, the entire back room, as a litter box. She also had a room full of recycling, again, neatly bagged. She is well and truly a hoarder, however, just like that TV show, if you’ve seen it. She was afraid to tell me she was having problems at home–leaking kitchen faucet, broken toilet tank cover, broken window, a hole in the damn tub (not her fault, poor installation of the tile let it rust from beneath, and she was afraid to tell me and get kicked out) and of course the sewage got on the carpet, so…long story as short as I can make it.
I had to tell her to vacate for a week, to demo and replace the fixtures in the bathroom, tear out carpet, etc. On her dime. She understood this.
However, the week is up Sat. and we need until Tuesday. We found old termite damage in the bathroom, the exterminator has said, yes, it’s not an active infestation, but we had to replace a lot of wood, which of course has delayed the tiling.
So, do I offer to pay the extra days? I am out about $8k from this whole thing, and it all would have had to be done had she ever moved out, but I wouldn’t have had to do it in one fell swoop, and I certainly wouldn’t have had to keep hiring guys to move her stuff from one room to another. I am inclined to take the hard road of “nope, you can’t come home yet.” And BTW, I am not pro-rating the rent, and she knows this.
No, I won’t kick her out. She is older, with multiple health issues, and honestly, she would have no where to go.