CA Tenant to return keys to landlord via certified mail
My tenant's lease was up on the
15th of this month (June). We
agreed that she would return the
keys via certified mail by the 15th. I
received the certified envelope in the
mail, however, without the keys
included. I called the post office and
started an investigation. There were
stickers on the package that state''
received in damaged condition'' and
''received without contents''.
Additionally, the postal worker
mentioned that the envelope is
empty. Who is at fault here? If it is
the tenant who is at fault, what
damages can I charge her or deduct
from her security deposit for this?
Also, if we agreed to a $50 late
payment for each day the rent is
received late (after the 3rd day of the
month), and if I received the rent on
the 6th, can I charge her $150 as a
late fee and reduce that from the
security deposit? Thank you.