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Terrible tenants

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As a landlord, you may have visions of the perfect tenant. The property is immaculate. They inform you swiftly of problems. The rent is always paid in a timely fashion. Bliss!

By all means this can often be the case, and kudos to those of you who have found such people to reside in your property.Terrible tenants

But where there is pleasure, there is pain. Not everyone will have such peace. Bad tenants do occur, often bringing with them a mountain of issues to be dealt with. What are your rights as a landlord if your tenant is actively damaging the property? How do you chase up late payments? How do you ensure your property is in a good condition if your tenants never keep in touch?

First and foremost, it is understandable that we advise running background checks on tenants before you hand over keys. It may seem a little invasive, but if they have a track record of infuriating previous landlords or damaging property then you may need to reconsider your decision.

Always ensure your have the necessary documentation signed, with clauses in place to accommodate for any incidence that can arise. Legal complications can be avoided if you have made sure to verify all proceedings and processes.

Some of you may want to be the ‘good-guy’ landlord. It is an admirable ambition but may not necessarily be the best route to take. You would need to reinforce your standing as a landlord. Becoming best buddies with a tenant bring personal issues into what should be a business relationship. Be strict when you need to be. You are well within your rights!

Ultimately, if your tenant is a nuisance, and actively behaving in such a fashion that puts the property at risk, and even other people, then do what needs to be done to remove them.

At the end of the day, tenants are just that: tenants. Make sure you manage them accordingly.

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