First things first, a problem tenant is not someone who wants their broken boiler fixed, it is your job as a landlord to fix these issues. We’re talking about the kind of tenants who do not pay their rent, cases where the tenant has to get out of the contract because of a mental illness, or who break things around the household. These are the kind of people that any landlord dreads, so read on for advice on how to come to a peaceful and happy agreement.
Things to remember:
One thing you should always ensure is that you carry out every task and deal with any situation promptly and professionally. The reason for this is that it will not exacerbate the situation any further, and would make it easier to conclude that both parties are happy.
2.Maintain all records and correspondence:
Make sure you maintain a register of all the typical legal and financial documents you deal with as a tenant, and also keep a record of all emails, letters and if possible phone calls that you have with your tenant.
A grey area disputes can be of many types that could make troubled time for landlords. These include:
1. Damage or criminal activity:
In cases where you had your property damaged, then firstly look to resolve the issue with the tenants directly, as most will willingly hold their hands up and pay the cost. Also, make sure that you contact your insurance provider and seek advice from them on the matter. If there is criminal activity taking part in your property, then do not try and negotiate with the tenants, contact the police, and they will directly deal with the situation in the appropriate way.
2. Anti-Social Behaviour:
If neighbors are persistently complaining about the tenant’s behavior because of the noise or anti-social behavior, then look to deal with the tenants and come to a peaceful resolution with them. If problems persist, then you have every right to contact local authorities or the police.
3. Nonpayment of rent:
This is the complicated situation to deal with, and if you lose your cool, you may have a real fight on your hands. This is probably the most common problem for a landlord by tenants with mental illness, but do not jump in all guns blazing, look to talk to your residents about paying their bill. If they are still unwilling to pay, then as said before remember to keep it professional and look at negotiating alternative payment methods or dates.
Steps to take you may consider where the tenant has to get out of the contract
1. Send a written eviction notice to your tenant precisely stating that reason why you want your tenant to leave your property. Please make sure that the notice period to comply agrees with the terms of the lease on such matters.
2. If the written eviction notice gets ignored by the tenant and the notice period to comply is unheeded, then the next step would be to file an eviction at the appropriate court. You must provide enough evidence to the court to prove that the landlord or their property manager had sent a written notice to your client to vacate the property.
3. There is a chance that a tenant moves out after getting a court summons. But if he or she still appears adamant, then the landlord or their property manager should provide the court with records of the payment history (a tenant ledger), a copy of your eviction notice, documentation of other communication, and evidence of damages caused to your property by the lessee.
4. If the tenant denies moving out, then you can request that the court order, the local sheriff to intervene to carry out the writ by evicting the tenant forcibly from your rental property.