Can I file charges against my tenant for excessive damages?
- RickLv 51 month agoFavorite Answer
Depends. If the damages were just a result of the tenant being a slob, careless, etc., then no, you couldn`t. If the damages were done intentionally then yes, you could swear out a warrant for the charge of Criminal Damage To Property. In Illinois it`s a Class A Misdemeanor ( I think), punishable by up to one year in jail along with a pretty big fine. Good luck.
- JudyLv 71 month ago
Criminal charges no, but you can sue them in civil court.
- Landlord365Lv 61 month ago
Not unless it is criminal damage or vandelism. Typically you just sue them for the cost of repairs.
- JudithLv 71 month ago
Why ask us? Ask an attorney who knows the laws in your state and can proceed with a lawsuit on your behalf.
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- Anonymous1 month ago
What do you mean by "file charges"?
Are you talking about criminal prosecution? No, you can't do that. (Note: If you believe they have done something illegal such as vandalism, you can file a police report.)
Or are you talking about a civil suit to recoup damages that are in excess of the damage deposit? Yes, you can do that.