As a landlord, spotting the appropriate resident to lease out your property to is the most critical measure in leasing, and you must take the time to scrutinize references, income, and do background inspections. Still, despite how much due diligence you do, you may still run into matters in question with residents. Here are five common things that residents try to get away with.
The first is not paying rent on time. Residents will try to impose upon landlords and offer up ostensible reasons for why they have not paid their rent on time. Famous excuses may be as different as, “I’m waiting for work to pay me,” to “You haven’t fixed all the problems in the house, so I shouldn’t have to pay rent until they are mended.” The most useful way to fend off these excuses from taking place is to hold on to records of rent collection so your residents can at no time declare they paid you when they have not. Each time remain up to speed on requisite fixing up on your property and keep abreast with repeated valuations of the property to confirm all valuations are being done well.
Up next, residents try to get away with a person living at the property who is not on the leasehold. Almost all people rent in regions where they know people or have friends, which is not an issue until your resident has a buddy living with him or her who you don’t know about. If someone is living at the property and isn’t on the leasehold, a great deal of trouble could become apparent, from defaced property to noise complaints. The most useful way to prevent this from taking place is to say in the lease that no other person may live in the property except those on the lease and that failure to observe this will result in ejection.
The third thing residents try to get away with is owning pets in a “no pet policy” property. Most residents will hold back weeks or even months after they move in to try and bring surreptitiously a pet into the property without the assent of the landlord and without expending a pet fee, if appropriate. You can prevent this by maintaining repeated valuations on your property and inspecting to see whether any pets have appeared.
The fourth thing is damages. Misadventures take place and items smash, but who ends up paying for the damages? If your lease is in order and you do valuations before and after with the resident, you won’t have to be the one who pays the price. On the first day your resident moves in, ascertain whether there are any problems with the property and walk through the property together, labeling all prior damages. Then, the day before your resident moves out, walk through the apartment with the same list that has all the prior damages, so your resident can’t assert 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 assert, and sometimes even take legal action, that they are being evicted unfairly. To avoid these quarrels, have a comprehensible and incisive lease that voices the rules particularly and states what can be considered as terms for eviction. This way, if the resident tries to take legal action you have a good prospect of winning your case, and if the resident adamantly 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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