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  on Sep 27, 2012

The Biggest Landlord Problems and How to Fix Them

Renting out an apartment or a house can become a constant revenue source for landlords, but at the same time, it gives rise to several problems. It is a fact that high standards, a strict lease agreement and background checks, will go a long way in helping a landlord select the best tenants for their rental units, but few common problems will always show up to haunt you.

One of the most common landlord problems is the nonpayment of rent. On many occasions, you as a landlord will have to deal with a tenant who refuses to pay the rent. Even if you have an agreement/contract in place, some tenants will be too stubborn to cooperate. This is exactly the time when you have to make a move, and need to make it quick. The simple solution to this problem is the issuance of a notice stating that a tenant needs to pay the rent or they will have to deal with eviction. Give them some time to react. If they pay you the rent, you’re good to continue with this association. In case they don’t pay heed to your warning, it’s time to handle things in a legal way. There, you will have to get required forms and serve your tenants the notice to leave your property. In cases related to nonpayment of rent, you should never accept partial payments, or you will have no case against your tenant. Moreover, the time it takes to get a verdict will depend upon state laws and different jurisdictions.

Nonpayment of rent is not the only issue that a landlord has to face. There are others, and violation of lease is another common one. In this situation, a tenant refuses to follow the terms of lease. Their actions may affect other tenants, or do some harm to the rental unit. To resolve this issue, a landlord needs to send a notice to the tenant to inform them about the violation of lease; it’s important to point out the nature of the violation. If they don’t pay heed to the notice of violation and miss the deadline stated in it, you should take them to court. Make sure you take prior written warnings that you have issued to your tenant in the past and show them to the judge. However, you should also bear in mind that even you need to follow the lease; follow all specific terms and provisions to ensure that a court gives its verdict in your favor.

In addition to nonpayment of rent and violation of lease, sometimes a tenant becomes a threat to other tenants. They may pose a problem not only for other tenants but for the property as well. Here, the solution is to serve a notice stating that tenant should repair the problem or leave the rental unit. In case they don’t take any corrective action, you as a landlord can start eviction proceedings. And if your aim is not only to rectify the problem, but also to get rid of that problem tenant, you are advised to serve a separate notice concerning the termination of the tenancy.

The fact of the matter is that becoming a landlord is not always the best thing in the world; there are benefits, but at the same time you need to deal with certain headaches. The only thing you need to ensure is that you have a strict contract or lease agreement in place, and follow right procedures to resolve any issues caused by your tenants.

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