Even short-term renters should be screened

Owner stuck with problem tenants until lease expires

Q: We have short-term renters in our vacation unit in Palm Springs, Calif. They rented for one month with the option to extend for two more. As soon as they moved in, they began providing lists of what they considered was wrong with the unit. Some were legitimate, others were ridiculous — such as the icemaker was providing only crushed ice and they needed cubed, etc.

They told us they wanted to extend a second month but then did not pay the rent.