Have a horrible tenant that destroyed a home of mine. Thankfully she put a significant amount of cash down at the outset. I went to evict her and she hired a pro bono attorney claiming mold and inadequate living conditions when it’s clear from before and after pictures of this home that it’s all her doing. That said, she paid, I let her back in, and re: damage to home legalese was written such that we would try to come to agreement and arbitrate if necessary.
She’s now holding back some of rent in escrow and claims to have inspector coming to document. My choices are taking her to court over damage that was her doing, or just bite the bullet and spend $3500 to repair entire home. I’m leaning towards the latter, knowing that it’s not unlikely for her to destroy home again. Any suggestions on how to protect myself? Also considering instituting a “no pets in rentals” new policy.