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Problem Tenants: Simple Ways to Handle Them

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By : Vicki Hat    99 or more times read
Being a landlord calls for tons of duties and responsibilities. All of which must be fulfilled so that the tenants would stay. The duties and responsibilities of the landlord arenít hard to perform. If a person has good management skills, there would be no problem getting things done. The only problem comes when your tenant is the one giving you the problem.

A rental unit is operated when a landlord and a tenant exists. However, there are different kinds of tenants. Some are good; others are plain problem. You do not have to worry much about handling good tenants. They know very well what is expected of them. They perform their own duties and responsibilities.

However, if a landlord lands with a problem tenant, things in the business could turn upside down. The problem they can cause may lead to a chaos. For one, other tenants in your rental unit may be heavily disturbed by them. Or perhaps, they can be at risk for any danger if your problem tenant is performing illegal activities. Another problem could be your business. Problem tenants may be good in stalling payments because they do not have money. Hence, they can go on for months without paying rent. They could also cause damage to your rental properties and may demand for repairs when in fact they caused the problems.

If you are a landlord and you have problem tenants or possibly afraid of having them as customers, you may want to do something to avoid having them around. Here are some tips you could use in handling them:

  1. Be concise with your rental agreement. Every do's and don't that is very important to adhere must be laid out in the agreement. Any consequences for failing to abide your rules should also be written. Once the tenant agrees to your rental agreement, they are now legally bound to adapt your rules and regulations. Any sanction would become legally enforceable. And should there be any conflicts in the future, you would have a legal basis for explaining your actions.

  2. Most common issues that is brought about by problem tenants is payment. Do not give them an excuse for not paying a rent. Hence, be clear with the payment dates, the mode of payment, and where to make the payment. Be clear as to who can receive the payment. Should you assign other people to receive the payment, inform your tenant ahead of time. Make sure the authorized person would bring any valid ID, if your tenant does not know your representative.

  3. Any late payment made should be recorded, as well as all the things you did to enforce payment. Few days after the payment was late, you should have made a demand. Keep all of the transpired events on file. This will soon be used as an evidence for future eviction.

  4. It is best that you have had your homes inspected prior to renting out the property. If not, make a checklist of what's not working or what not. Doing this allows you to ascertain what components of the house are most likely to fail and if their request for repairs is valid or not. It is also best that you do regular maintenance. This way, the tenant has no reasons to accuse you of negligence. You can easily determine if the cause of damage was inflicted by the tenant or was part of the wear and tear process.

  5. If the tenant is suspected of doing any illegal activities, do not confront them on your own. It is best that you notify the police and let them do the talking. However, you have to make sure you have evidences before reporting. Or else, you could put yourself into danger and your tenant may sue you.
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