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Dealing with Problematic Tenants

 July 12, 2021

By  Chase Edwards

From time to time, every landlord encounters problematic tenant’s during the course of their investment career. A bad tenant could be one or more of the following: Not paying rent on time, damaging property, making unreasonable requests for repairs or additions to the home, or simply not maintaining the property.

Getting rid of tenants is always the landlord’s first priority, however, if your tenants don’t respond well to that, we have a few handy strategies that can help you do that!

It should always be reserved as a last resort to evict someone from their principal place of residence, This is the only option a landlord has when tenants stop paying rent.

Tenant problems can be frustrating for landlords. Occasionally, some renters are late paying, and others damage your property without care. Tenants can be difficult to deal with, and the hassle cannot be avoided for the majority of owners at some point in time. In order to help you get through sticky situations, we have put together a list of types of problematic tenants. Find out more by reading on!

Recognising Common Types of Terrible Tenants

A Tenant screening process is an excellent method for eliminating tenants who may become problems down the road. Nevertheless, it does not take into account changes in the tenant’s financial circumstances, emotional states, or personal situations.

A Bull In A China Shop

Landlords deal with property damage everyday, not to mention it is expensive. As a landlord, you should ensure that you are3 taking preventative steps to avoid tenants who do not maintain the property in the way they should, and also tenants who make unauthorised changes to the home.

How to Prevent Tenants from Damaging Your Rental Property
  1. The lease should clearly state how the tenants should maintain the house before they move in.
  2. Document the property condition carefully with photos and take detailed move-in inspection. When tenants move out, you will have something to compare to, which will allow you to charge for damages legally.
  3. Any rental property should have routine inspections conducted. Make sure to inspect the property at least twice a year. If you see it’s not being maintained, try and be proactive, rather than reactive.

How to Get Your Tenant’s to Pay Their Rent On Time

Leases should specify clearly how rent is to be paid, as well what happens if rent is late. Make sure the tenant knows this policy is firm and will be enforced.

Everyone has to follow the same rules and guidelines. Whatever the situation, all tenants must follow the same guidelines and standards. This way, you can avoid some negotiating with tenants.

Wear and Tear v Damage

In your lease agreements, tenants will be expected to pay for damage to the property that they directly cause, whereas landlords will be responsible for maintaining the property against general wear and tear.

Make sure the distinction between “Tenant Damage” and “Wear and Tear” clear in your lease agreement. Generally, tenant damage such as scratches, spills and smashes can be attributed to a specific event, while wear and tear are gradual over time.

High Maintenance Tenants

There are tenants out there that are never happy with their property and find fault with it constantly. Most property managers and landlords will come across these types of tenants. Often, their complaints are unjustified or unreasonable, and you spend a lot of time dealing with them.

It is your responsibility as a landlord to maintain the property in good order, which is safe and secure for tenants. A good property manager will be aware of the general maintenance requirements of the property when they conduct their ongoing inspections.

Don’t Renew the Lease

This option depends on your jurisdiction, so make sure you understand your local laws related to tenant rights before you do this.

Usually, you can send your tenant a letter that informs them that their lease will not be renewed once it expires. Just check your local laws on how much-written notice you will need to give.

Make sure that you have landlord insurance. And lastly, make sure that your landlord insurance policy is adequate. It can also be used to cover property damage caused by tenants or when they fail to pay rent. Moreover, it can cover your property from fire, storm and other damage.

It’s better to Work on Good Communication

There are times in everyone’s lives when they need some extra love. Consequently, it is beneficial to respond positively to tenants a help them when necessary.

It is common for tenants to make small requests for maintenance when they move in. Landlords can take advantage of this opportunity to show they care about their properties and tenants by promptly repairing any problem. Both parties benefit from this as well.

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