How to Deal With Tenants That Damage Rental Property

While tenants are not responsible for normal wear and tear on a property, they are responsible for any damage done beyond this by either them or any of their guests. If you find that there is damage, do your best to inspect it with the tenant there. Be open to hear what has happened and who caused the damage. Make sure to take pictures and document everything for your own personal records. Provide the estimate for repairs in writing and arrange to have those repairs made. The tenant should reimburse the landlord for the cost of repairs. Keep detailed records of the process, including the receipts to make sure that everything is in order. Provide copies of all relative information to the tenant so they have it as well.

If the tenant refused to pay for the damage, you must send a notice that they are required to pay. If they do not, you may need to take them to small claims court.

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POSTED January 29 2014 12:39 PM

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