How to Deal With Problematic Tenants

If you own a property and are a landlord, chances are you have had to deal with at least one problematic tenant in your life.  Although most tenants are good, paying rent on time and not causing any problems for landlords, some of them tend to be problematic. These types of tenants cause some major headaches for landlords because they always look for ways to get out of the leases without having to pay the consequences. This article will help you identify common tenant issues so that you can prevent them from happening.

Common Issue #1:   Tenants that do not pay rent on time

This is probably the most common tenant issue.  You find a really good tenant, and he seems to have all the qualities you are looking for in a renter, but then things start going south when it comes to paying rent.  Maybe he starts missing payments, or maybe he still pays but is always a few days late.

One of the most important things you need to establish in your lease is a grace period when it comes to renting.  This needs to be reasonable and fair for both parties, but make sure that there is some time when they can catch up before you try another route. Another important rule to establish right away is what will happen if they don’t pay.  Most likely, you’ll start with some sort of gentle reminder and then escalate from there.

Common Issue #2: Tenants do not follow the rules

You have a tenant who has a pet, but your lease says no pets.  You can usually get away with this kind of infraction by simply giving them some sort of warning and then enforcing the rule. If they are breaking more serious rules, though, you will need to start looking into evicting them. For example, if tenants are consistently receiving noise complaints, you will need to put your foot down.

Common Issue #3: Tenant does not maintain the property

Every lease agreement should include a section regarding the tenant’s responsibilities in maintaining the property. Don’t be afraid to add more details if needed, such as what you expect them to do when there is a plumbing problem or other major issue. If they don’t maintain the rental unit in accordance with your rules, this could lead to legal problems down the road.

While tenants can be problematic, it’s important to be gentle and patient. Every tenant has a right to know what is expected of them, and this could come as a surprise if they’ve only rented through other landlords who didn’t lay out rules and regulations.

If you want to avoid problem tenants altogether, do your homework before engaging with any applicant. Ensure the individual understands what is expected of them as a renter. And don’t make any exceptions. Some landlords may choose to let problem tenants stay, but this could backfire in the future when they bring their own bad renters to your property.