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Asked on: 6/25/13, 10:49 am

I'm a landlord and owner of a house that's being rented by tenants. Tenants have been there almost a year. Lease automatically renews July 1st with higher rent. I agreed to keep the rent the same if they pay before the first of every month, but only if they sign their renewal docs and pay a Pet Fee for dogs they insist on keeping for their relatives.

Tenants already signed their Intent to Renew/Vacate letter indicating their intent to renew at the planned increased rate.

Tenants have ignored my recent text reminders, though, to meet with me to sign their actual lease docs before July 1st, even after I informed them that if they don't meet me & sign their lease and pay Pet Fee before July 1st, the rent will increase as stated on the renewal letter and they will be fined if I catch dogs on the premises again.

If everything is in writing, what actions should I be taking in the meantime to protect myself just in case they are secretly planning to abandon the property? What rights and privileges do I have to enforce the rules I set forth in my lease?

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