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Five Things Evansville Residents Try to Get Away With

Top Five Things Residents Try to Sneak Past Their Evansville LandlordsAs a landlord, getting the right resident to rent out your property is the most important step in leasing, and you must spend substantial time checking references and income and doing background checks. However, regardless of how much due diligence you perform, you might still encounter issues with residents. Here are five common things that residents try to get away with.

Paying Rent

The first is not paying rent on time. Residents will try to take advantage of landlords and give excuses on why they have not paid their rent on time. Popular excuses range from “I’m waiting for my paycheck from work to come in” to “You haven’t repaired damages in the house, so I shouldn’t have to pay rent until they are fixed.” The best way to keep these excuses from happening is to keep records of rent collection so your residents can never say they paid you when they have not, always stay up to date on necessary repairs on your property, and perform regular assessments of the property to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Extra Occupants

Next, residents try to get away with a person staying at the property who is not on the lease. Most people rent in areas where they know people or have friends, which is not a problem until your resident has a friend living with him or her who you had no idea about. If someone is living at the property and isn’t on the lease, many problems could arise, from damaged property to noise complaints. The best way to prevent this is to make sure to include in the lease that no other person may live in the property except those on the lease and that failure to comply will result in eviction.

Furry Friends

The third thing residents try to get away with is having pets in a “no pet policy” property. Majority of residents will wait weeks or even months after they move in to try and sneak a pet into the property without the consent of the landlord and without paying a pet fee, if applicable. Avoid this by doing regular assessments on your property and checking whether any pets have appeared.

Accidental Damages

The fourth thing is damages. Accidents happen and items break, but who pays for the damages? If your lease is in order, and you perform assessments before and after with the resident, you won’t have to be the one who pays the price. Make sure to make a list and do a walk through the property together on the first day your resident moves in, recording all preexisting damages. Then, the day before your resident moves out, walk through the apartment with the same list that has all the preexisting damages so your resident can’t argue that they did not cause the new damages to your property.

Avoiding Evictions

The fifth and final thing residents try to get away with is dodging eviction. Residents will try and argue, and sometimes even take legal action, that they are being unfairly evicted. To prevent these conflicts, have a clear and concise lease that states the rules specifically and states the terms for eviction. This way, if the resident tries to take legal action, you have a great chance of winning your case, and if the resident refuses to move, you can take legal action to remove them your property and get it back on the market to rent.

In Conclusion

Don’t want to deal with the hassle of difficult residents? With Real Property Management Results, you don’t have to. We can handle everything from damages to complaints and evictions, protecting your identity and keeping your mind sane. Don’t stress yourself out over a bad resident; let us do the work for you. To learn more about the services Real Property Management Results offers, contact us online or call us at 812-461-1676 today.

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