How to Handle Problem Tenants

How To Handle Problem Tenants

 

There are many instances of encounters with a horrible tenant, not all of which result in a court action. Once the lease agreement is signed and keys are exchanged, a landlord or property manager can only hope things go smoothly. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case when it comes to dealing with unpleasant situations regarding tenants. Here are some issues with tenants some of our clients have experienced, and which you may want to try and avoid.

 

 The Non-Payer

The Late-Payer

The Rule-Breaker

The Property Destroyer/Litterer

The Proxy Renter

The Criminal

The Partier

The Stalker (aka The Pervert)

 

Prospective Tenant Checklist

Ultimately, as a landlord or property manager, you won’t always know what type of tenants you will be dealing with until you’re in the leasing process. However, comprehensive tenant screening should give you an idea. Past behavior is a likely dictator of future behavior. Remember to always clearly state the expectations and outline the consequences of breaking the rules in the lease agreement. As it is a legally binding document, it can guide and protect most any situation you encounter.