As a landlord, it is important that you protect your interests at all times. If you are leasing a house, office or apartment, it is likely that you put a great deal of time into choosing the property, making it suitable for lease and finding a tenant. Therefore, if you believe that the tenant occupying the space is not treating it with respect or not obeying the contract in some way, this can be stressful and disheartening.
While it can be easy to react out of anger and upset, it is vital to reflect on the situation before taking action. As a landlord, you are responsible for taking action in accordance with the contract in place as much as the tenant. If you do not, you may become involved in a complex dispute that is lengthy and difficult to win. The following are some tips for correctly dealing with a disorderly tenant as a landlord.
Make inspections part of your leasing routine
A well-written lease is always the key to a successful landlord-tenant relationship. Ideally, you should spell out maintenance expectations and the necessity of periodic inspections. In addition, you should perform a detailed move-in inspection, whereby you make an inventory of all items, take photographic evidence and ask the tenant to sign-off on your findings. You should inspect the property at least twice per year so that you are able to note any property damage and demand that it is put right.
Hold your tenants to exemplary standards
You should follow the contract and hold your tenants to the contract. If you let something slip, even rent that’s a dollar short, tenants may start to disrespect the terms of the lease and take more liberties. The contract is in place for a reason.
If you are struggling with a tenant who is causing problems due to disorderly behavior, make sure that you understand your legal rights and how you can successfully resolve a dispute.