As a landlord, searching for the correct resident to rent out your property is an important step in leasing, and you must take up important time studying references and income and completing background checks. Regardless of how much due diligence you do, you may still face problems with residents. Here are five regular things that residents try to get away with.
The first is not paying rent on time. Residents will try to mislead landlords and present stories on why they have not paid their rent when expected. Widespread excuses include, “I’m waiting for my compensation from work to be deposited,” to “You haven’t fixed all the damages in the house, so I shouldn’t have to pay rent until you have gotten things working.” The most fitting way to prevent these excuses from starting is to retain possession of records of rent collection so your residents cannot maintain they paid you when they have not. It is important to always persist in being in touch on renovations on your property and continue with recurrent reviews of the property to ensure all maintenance issues are resolved.
Up next, residents try to get away with a person living at the property who is not on the lease. The greatest number of people rent in sectors where they are friendly with people or have friends, which is not a problem until your resident has a friend living with him or her who you do not know about. If someone is living at the property and isn’t on the lease, many complications could emerge from mangled property to noise complaints. The most fitting way to prevent this from ensuing is to ensure to cover in the lease that no other person may live in the property except those on the lease, failure to adhere to this will result in eviction.
The third thing residents try to get away with is being the owner of pets in a “no pet policy” property. Most residents will wait for weeks or even months after they move in to try and bring a pet secretly into the property without the approval of the landlord and without paying a pet fee if required. Prevent this by checking on your property often and looking to see whether any pets have appeared.
The fourth thing is damages. Accidents happen and things break, but who ends up paying for the damages? If your lease is in order, and you do reviews before and after with the resident, you won’t have to be the one who pays the price. Ensure on the first day your resident moves in to make a list and do a walk through the property together, noting all preexistent damages. Then, the day before your resident moves out, walk through the apartment with the same list that has all the preexistent damages, so your resident can’t insist that they did not create the new damages done to your property.
The fifth and final thing residents try to get away with is escaping eviction. Residents will try and insist, and sometimes even take legal action, that they are being evicted unfairly. To avoid these disagreements, have a plain and brief lease that puts into words the rules and states the terms of eviction. This way if the resident tries to take legal action you have a good likelihood of winning your case, and if the resident refuses to move, you can take legal action to get them out of your property and get it back on the market to rent.
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