stuck in the middle

Canada
April 4, 2007 11:52am CST
i live in a duplex and my dad is the landlord. he rented out the upstirs apartment to someone a couple of weeks ago and he has stricked rules. the couple upstirs singed a contract stating not to have anyone else move in and no pets. last week they got a huge dog and let their 22 year old son move in. i'm suposed to be my dad's eyes and ears here and i'm not sure what to do. i've lent these people a bed tv and other things cause they had nothing, now i'm worried, do i tell my dad what is going on, if i do he will kick them out and i might not get my stuff back. obviously they will know i told him and i'm basically responsible for kicking them out.
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8 responses
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
4 Apr 07
Thing is, if you don't tell your father, they will continue to break the rules and walk all over you. Your dad is the one in charge and if he has specific rules, they are in place for a reason. Imagine if the son has many friends over and they party a lot and ruin the apartment. Or if they don't care for the dog properly and his excrement ruins the carpet. When they move your father will wonder why you said nothing. I live in an apt and have a dog. I paid extra deposit & $10 extra a month just so I can have her. I would be very upset to learn other people have dogs without having to pay. Rules are rules, and they are meant to be followed.
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• Canada
4 Apr 07
thanks, your right, i have to tell before they keep breaking more rules. and it has gotten really loud up there since their 22 year old son moved in. that's what's started to get me annoyed because it's hard to put a 3 year old down to bed at night with blarring music. i guess i have to tell.
• Singapore
4 Apr 07
I think you should tell your Dad and let him decide. If your tenants really have some genuine reasons, I am sure your Dad will have some sympathy too. Otherwise as I see it, your tenants are breaking the contract and not obeying the rules they agreed to.
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• Canada
4 Apr 07
ya your right, i know i should tell. i just don't like causing trouble for someone, but technically they know they are in the wrong so i shoulndn't feel bad for them because they broke the contract.
@mrsturner (519)
• Canada
4 Apr 07
That really sucks. Unfortunately, I think you might have to side with your Dad. He is the one you are going to see for the rest of his life. He deserves your loyalty before strangers. Maybe he could meet the son and amend the lease if he meets his approval. I don't know about the dog though. If it was my apartment that would be a deal breaker because it is hard to get the smell out when you go to release an apartment.
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• Canada
4 Apr 07
ya your right, i have to tell i just hate being a tattletail. i don't like being in the middle.
• United States
4 Apr 07
welll, I think I would definately tell my dad, but tell him your concerns...you want your things back and you also don't want them to know you are the one to tell on them. I am sure he can find a way of just "dropping by" to check on something or "forgot" to have them sign something and catch the dog there and all.
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4 Apr 07
This is a hard situation to be in. Do you think there is any way your dad could deal with in discretion. Maybe he could come to your house at their getting home time or walking dog time and see the dog and pretend you hadn't told on them. Maybe your dad could come up with a reason to go in their house. Maybe say that he needs to check the boiler or something like that and say he can smell the dog or see the dog food lying out. It is going to be very hard for you to get your stuff back but hopefully they will be decent people and accept it as being their fault and not yours.
@jchampany (1131)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I would tell your dad. If they signed the contract then they have to follow the rules. You don't break the rules there and the landlord is even your dad. If you don't take special treatment then why should they. If they are going to be jerks about giving you your stuff back you are always able to call the police when they are moving out to make them give you your stuff back. I don't know how well that would go. It could just turn into a he said she said thing. Good luck!
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I think you should tell him. The thing is that they are taking advantage of the situation. You feel sorry for them but think of the damage they are doing to the apartment. Think about how much money your dad may have to lay out to get the place cleaned up. I personally have allergies to dogs and would not rent an apartment that has had a dog in it. They broke the lease and should be held accountable. It is not your fault if they can not follow the rules that they read and agreed too. I am sorry but you should feel bad for your dad because he has to clean up their mess.
@Connie1013 (1098)
• United States
10 Apr 07
That is hard. I would tell because animals can destroy a house. If you are afraid of not getting your stuff back, just ask for it back now. Say you changed your mind or decided to sell the stuff. Good Luck!