What is the name of your state? Iowa
I had a renter that was not paying rent. She even changed the utilities over to our names because she did not want to pay those either. We started the eviction process. Pay or vacate letter was delivered and recieved. They were served. We went to court and it was dismissed because we failed to get a reciept from the sheriff who served her. We went back to court the next week and the case was dismissed because she gave us our keys and had moved out the day before court appearance. This woman owes us rent and utlities for February and for the next month (March).
My questions are these.. She gave us our keys back and verbally told us she moved out, can we legally go into our rental house and start repairing the damages, even though she signed a lease that goes through the end of March? Is the fact she gave us our keys enough? This tennant is a realtor and knows the laws. She has always had an agenda so we are worried she will pull something legal out if we go into the house.. If we want to sue her for February and March rent, do we stay away from the house or can we go in and fix it up inside? Do we wait to put it on the market (we are going to just sell it now) after March?
We do not want to get screwed any more than we have been already. Help!