5 Tips for Dealing With Problematic Tenants on Your Rental Property

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Rental properties are a great investment. Maintaining those properties and being an ideal landlord takes a lot of work, however. Although your rental properties could be a great additional source of income, bad rental tenants can ruin it all. 

When you’re faced with a tenant that has trouble following the rental agreement, you could have a disaster on your hands. To ensure your rental properties stay in great condition and that all tenant issues are kept to a minimum, you’ll want to continue reading below. 

Here’s everything you need to know about dealing with problematic tenants!

1. Maintain Written Records

You should have procedures and policies for how to deal with specific issues that may arise. Make sure to have these policies written down and have the tenant sign them, stating that they agree with these policies. 

When an issue does arise, make sure to have copies of all warnings and notices or other forms of communication. Keep records of the dates and times these warnings, notices, or other types of communication were sent out and the reason why. 

2. Stay Firm on All Issues

When you put a certain policy or procedure in place, you need to stay firm on them. If you allow the tenant to pay their rent late without a penalty once, then they’ll expect to be able to pay late again without penalties or fees. 

Deal with an issue the same way each time to avoid any confusion. 

3. Schedule a Meeting to Discuss a Solution

When an issue with a tenant is ongoing and a simple notice or warning isn’t correcting the problem, then consider scheduling a meeting with the tenant to discuss a solution. If the tenant shows up to the meeting, then there might be hope in salvaging the tenant/landlord relationship.

Discuss the issues with the tenant face-to-face and learn if the tenant is willing to make the necessary changes or not. Once you find a solution, you might want to create a contract stating that the tenant will make these changes by a certain date and have them sign. 

4. Begin an Eviction Process 

Sadly, in some cases, there is no way to keep a healthy tenant/landlord relationship. This happens when the tenant is unwilling to follow all procedures and policies required of them and refuses to make any changes. When this happens, it might be best to begin the eviction process.

Before sending out an eviction notice, make sure to know the eviction local laws and landlord rights to ensure you do everything legally. Keep in mind that eviction is a process that’s often complex. Legal help might be in your best interest.

5. Hire a Property Manager

One of the best ways to keep a balance between yourself and your tenants is to hire a property manager. A professional property manager will know how to handle matters with tenants legally. 

You’ll have more free time with rental management there to handle the majority of the problems, and you can have some peace of mind as well. 

Need Help Bringing in More Than One Tenant

When you’re faced with a tenant who just won’t seem to follow the necessary rules and regulations for living in your rental property, it’s time to hire a property manager. Let a property manager do the hard work for you.

Find an agent today to help you place tenants in all your properties!