I have a spare room in the house that I own and live in. On January 11, 2009, I rented the spare room and private bath to a couple on a month-to-month basis. The agreement (verbal) was that rent was $900 at the beginning of the month, they would pay 2/3 of the utilities (cable/internet/gas/electricity), and $100 towards condo fees/snow removal.
Everything was fine until April 1, 2009 when I didn't receive the rent check. It is now April 17 and still no check. The female, who pays the bills, has been out of town for a death in the family. The male was here this week and since we have opposing schedules, I left him a note on the table last night asking for rent so I could pay my bills. This morning I received a very nasty message from the female telling me that she's not going to pay me anything more.. just use the security deposit. Well, between what they owe me and the damage they have done to my house, the security deposit still leaves a balance of $500.
My question is "what are my options?" Do I have to give them 14 days notice? By then our agreement will be up (we agreed that they would move out May 1) and they are from out of state so I will have little chance of recooping my loses.. Please help.