Tips on how to handle tenants

If the world was perfect, each tenant that you are dealing with has to pay at the right time, he should not damage the property and he has to be a responsible neighbor. However, even after the screening and ensuring that everything is ok; sometime your tenant may change because of poor business performance, medical needs, job loss and personal relationships. Sometime, renters with history of paying on time, they may be problematic and they may exhibit poor behavior.

They may fail to pay the rent, to pay always late, to have offensive and inappropriate behavior, damaging of the property, allowing more tenants in the house even without your approval, leaving unsupervised minors and being involved into criminal activities. The problems can also rise between your tenants with co-tenants and neighbors. Frequent disturbance may lead to permanent conflict.

If you are a landlord or a property manager, you should get information about handling your tenants from the start.

Avoid bad tenants: even if it is hard to avoid bad tenants hundred percent, it is possible to minimize the number of the bad tenants you can deal with. You have to develop a standard rental policy with a good screening process. How the tenants look may also indicate how they are willing to treat your property. Look if the tenant is clean and well kept. Ask questions to your potential tenant and see how these questions are answered. Check if the tenant has no attitude or character while answering you. While examining the property, check if there is no missing information. You have to look if there is no inconsistency in the references and job history. Call to verify the information with professional associates, employers and property managers. If there is any details you do not understand, it has to be brought out during an interview. Make sure that you understand the job of the application and his financial obligation. You can perform the history examination, credit report request, background check and criminal background.

Even if you may have tried everything you can but you still have problematic tenants. Then the following are some advices of handling your tenants. You have to start with the local law. You should know what the law says about noise disturbance and who should do some small repairs on the property. Learn what the law says before you take action against the tenants. The second step is abiding to the lease. Whatever had been written and you agreed on with the tenants has to be followed. However, you have to make sure that your lease agreement has clauses about noise and disturbance. The law always supersedes or overrules the conditions found within the lease if the two conflict.

Another advice is to keep the interest of the tenants in mind. If it is one person who is disturbing a group, you may have to protect the group and not one tenant. If the situation look controversial but it does not involve legal problems, then you have to handle it in the way you think it is fair.