Landlords are expected to have some issues or damages dealt by their tenants. These can either be holes in the wall, damaged appliances, nasty odors that fill up the entire house, etc. Some landlords have it worse, and some could not stand it that they have to give up their business.
When the lease agreement has already been signed, the journey after that can be quite unexpected.
Tenants you have to avoid
- Non-paying tenant - this is the classic tenant that you need to avoid at all costs. They are the ones that do not abide by the agreement and has even failed to come to terms with the monthly duty of paying the rent. After several missed phone calls and even ignoring the knocks at the door. Whatever the reason is, tenants are expected to pay by the agreement that he or she has signed the lease.
- Tardy payer - on the next level, you have a bit of a better version of the first kind of band tenant. They may be tardy, but they still deliver what is most important - the rent. However, the delayed payments can affect the impression of the landlord with the tenant. However, the tardy payer usually can be reasoned with, and the landlord must talk with them.
- Rule-breaker - even with all the guidelines that need to be followed as a tenant, there are always those that do not seem to mind the rules being established. If they do break the rules, it is your job as a landlord to deal with them and have them find another place to rent if they keep on violating the rules.
- The destroyer - this is the kind of tenant that tends to destroy your property, whether this is done intentionally or unintentionally. There are cases wherein the tenant has deliberately damaged the property on a regular basis, thus not only affecting the landlord but also with the other tenants as well. This is one of the biggest losses that the landlord is going to face because they have this tendency to destroy almost everything inside.
What to do as a landlord
First, you need to do a background check with every prospective tenant that you meet with. Make sure that the tenant signs the lease agreement in front of you to enforce the written guidelines you have established. Meet and discuss with them in person so that you can enforce your expectations and the responsibilities that they need to do as a tenant.
You will also need to establish an exit strategy. Whenever you deal with a problematic tenant, you can control the situation by evicting them whenever they keep violating the agreements that were supposed to be followed.
If you are a tenant, make sure you read the fine print of the guidelines before you sign them. When you sign, this means that you agree with the rules that are indicated in there and it is your responsibility to follow them. Failing to do so means that the landlord has every right to evict you as he or she sees fit.