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- Remember settling the security deposit is part of the rental agreement and treat it seriously and honestly – the court will expect you have.
- Know your responsibilities. Make sure you have documentation to show your appropriate actions and understand the rules about “normal wear and tear.”
- Inform the tenants of their responsibilities and their rights. Refer questions to California Tenant.2
- Don’t cut corners – do it right. If you need help with an unusual situation – get help.
- Plan for potential outcomes. Calculate your costs, including your time.
Do things to encourage
- Remember the rental agreement is a business contract and the tenant is your business partner in that contract – treat her/him as such.
- Know your responsibilities. Don’t cut corners – do it right.
- Inform the tenants about the process and what an Unlawful Detainer court will and will not decide.
- Inform the tenants of their responsibilities and their rights. Provide copies of or reference to the California Tenants document.2
- Plan for potential outcomes. Calculate your costs – know how much you can afford and how long you can wait to re-rent the unit.
- Do things to encourage good behavior and good outcomes.