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How do you find tenants who abandoned you?
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jvm1x
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 Posted: Mon Sep 18th, 2006 11:46 am
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Yes, I have his work information - left a voicemail but it went to his supervisor.. still waiting.

I have drivers license info and their car plate number.

I am awaiting to hear back from the Post Office to see where I go from here.

 

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 Posted: Sun Sep 17th, 2006 08:28 pm
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This is why in my tips I highlight the fact that LL's should get updated tenant info every year or two.  This should include current employer information, emergency contacts (which can be used sometimes to trace the steps of a former tenant), auto info, cell phone numbers, etc.

Do you not know where they work?  Do you have any of the other info listed above or just a DL number?  If not, why not? 

IF you had them sign a proper OK on an application you can wait a while and then run another credit report on them to see if a new address shows up.

The post office address service requested sometimes works, sometimes does not...it's a crap shoot.  But for sure worth a try.

Sadly bad tenants skip out all of the time.  That is why it is SO important to stay on top of things while tenants are RENTING FROM YOU...with the thought that they might all skip out one day.  Get and update as much as information as you can as often as you can.

After 9-11 it seemed even easier to convince tenants to give you updated emergency contacts, work phone numbers/info, etc.  After all you want to be able to account for and contact all tenants in the event of an emergency. Katrina also helped drive this point home.

Last edited on Sun Sep 17th, 2006 08:28 pm by Terry in CA

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 Posted: Fri Sep 15th, 2006 09:41 pm
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AS A START, try sending a blank letter to their former address, with "DO NOT forward, return to sender" and "forwarding address requested" on the envelope.


jvm1x
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 Posted: Fri Sep 15th, 2006 02:27 pm
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My tenants just abandoned me on a property. I am trying to find them since they owe monies.  Once I get an address, I will file in court.

I have their Drivers License number (photo copy) along with a tag number.  Will the DMV provide their current address (if they have it).  The water company would not provide the forwarding address.

Any help would be real appreciated!

-- Jose

P.S. I am new to the forum and I already love it.  Nice to know you can go somewhere to bounce off landlord ideas/problems.  Thanks to all.


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