Tenant Problems That Landlords Face
Tenant problems are common for landlords. Reducing the rent amount or evicting the tenant may not be the right solutions to every situation. Sometimes you will have to address the situation in a particular way. While reducing the rent, your property will not yield right amount of rent and eviction would mean investing again in search for a new tenant. Even if you are a good landlord there are chances that you will come across bad tenants and face different issues. Here are some of the things that bad tenants do and solutions to deal with them:
Not paying rent
This is one of the most common type of tenant you will come across. Such tenants will not abide by the cycle of rent payment and the complete amount, too. They will ignore your calls and knock at the doors. There could be different reasons for the tenant to withhold the payment, but being the tenant he is liable to pay you.
How to deal with them? Get in touch with your tenant. Hold a personal meeting and discuss the matter, understand his problems and mutually try to sort out the issue. If he is facing a serious financial trouble, you can offer him partial payment option.
Delaying the payment
This category can be called lazy or laid back. They may not pay the rent on time but will eventually fulfill the deal but either with a delayed payment or in portions. This delay in payment may affect your own expenditure or further payments. Moreover, lease agreement usually mentions the deadline date by which the tenant is supposed to pay his dues.
How to deal with them? Communication is a key to such a problem. Tell him about your own need of the timely payment. Make him understand the clauses of the lease agreement about the payment dates and the serious consequences he can face.
Break the rules
While giving your home on rent, you would have set certain rules and regulations for the tenant. There might be tenants who break the rules such as not paying their household bills on time, not following the 'no pet policy' but the tenant now insists on keeping one. Such occasions are the reasons for landlord-tenant disputes.
How to deal with them? You will have to remind them of the rule book that was set before they shifted to your home. It is always better to add such clauses in the lease agreement itself so that you will have a written and signed paperwork that the tenant has to abide by.
Destroys the property
Many tenants don't take care of the property because they don't own it. Whether they destroy the property intentionally or unintentionally, it is your property which is being damaged and not taken care of.
How to deal with them? Calculate the damages and locate if the tenant is liable to pay for all the damages. Mention a clause in the lease agreement about the damage cost to be incurred by the tenant. Another way is to click as many pictures of the property as you can before the tenant shifts and click the similar pictures when he leaves. Now compare the before and after pictures as an evidence to him.
Disrupts the neighbours
If you do not live in the same home and your neighbours complain about the activities of your tenant which disrupts them, then it is your responsibility to look into the matter.
How to deal with them? Firstly, suggest your neighbours and tenants to mutually discuss and resolve the issues themselves. However, if there is a need for your intervention, then try to understand problems of both the parties and look up for a solution. If, in case, your tenant is at major fault, warn him of his habits and aware him about the consequences which may result in his eviction.