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Dealing With Problematic Tenants

Whatever the problem, dealing with problematic tenants can be a nightmare.


Best practices for How to Deal with Terrible Tenants


  1. Be calm, objective and rational

  2. Keep written records of everything

  3. Teach tenants how they should treat you

  4. Try to get your tenants on your side

  5. Ask the terrible tenants to leave

  6. Begin the eviction process

  7. Hire a property manager


Screening tenants is the first and best defense against bad tenants. When you’re finding a tenant, include their appearance (cleanliness), ask direct questions, examine the application, make sure everything is filled out correctly and up to your standards. 


When managing troublesome situations, there are a few rules you should follow:


  1. The first rule is to follow the law - there are certain rights that govern landlords and tenants that you need to be familiar with. You can even contact a lawyer before you take any actions.

  2. The second rule is to abide by the lease - common offences like noise and other disturbances, are typically included in most leases, and everything else you and the other party have agreed upon.

  3. The third rule is to do what is in the best interest of your tenant base - protect and defend the interests of a greater tenant group.

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