Monday, 20 October 2014

4 Warning Signs Your Tenant Is A Bad 'Un

Every landlord worries about getting stuck with a tenant who doesn’t pay the rent or doesn’t look after their property, such concerns are only natural, but you can act swiftly to stop a bad problem from getting worse if you know the tell-tale signs to look out for. These are:

LATE PAYMENTS: If your tenant is late paying their rent on more than one occasion then alarm bells should start to ring. Don’t panic if it is there first ever payment as mistakes can be made with the bank with the first direct debit or standing order. Just speak to the tenant and ask if there is a problem and just clarify that rent should be paid on the due date. However, if you are getting a few late payments then my advice would be to speak to the tenants see if they are having difficulty and discuss a way to resolve this.

REFUSING ACCESS: You should always include a clause in your tenancy agreement stating the tenant must give you reasonable access to carry out routine inspections. This will allow you to make sure the property is being well taken care of and hasn’t been turned into a drugs den or cannabis farm. Im only joking, this is highly unlikely, but id advice you to carry out a maintenance inspection 4 months into the fix term, that way if the tenants have mistreated the house then you can issue notice in line for when the fix term ends. If they are are refusing access then it might be that they have something to hide and you should make them aware that refusing access is breaking the terms of the tenancy agreement, which can lead to an eviction.

CONSTANT COMPLAINING: If you suspect that tenants are starting to find things to moan about it could be that they’re trying to find excuses to withhold their rent. This most usually happens in the last two months of the tenancy, when tenants become nervous that they might not get back all of their deposit. If you respond promptly to any maintenance issues you’ll put their mind at ease and the end of the tenancy will run smoothly.

THE SILENT TREATMENT: If a tenant stops paying their rent and fails to answer your calls, letters or emails, there’s only one way this is going to end and that’s with their eviction. Don’t waste time, issue the correct notices and start the eviction process to reduce the amount of arrears

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