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Strategies to deal with problematic tenants

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2021 | Uncategorized |

Maintaining a safe property with affordable rent and good tenants is every landlord’s dream. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for Florida landlords to achieve this dream, especially as tenant problems force them to lay down the law. Whether one is a seasoned landlord or is about to rent out one’s first property, it is a good idea to be aware of common tenant issues and techniques to minimize them.

Unpaid rent

Tenants often neglect to pay rent on time, not realizing that the landlord needs that money to maintain the property. While eviction is an option when rent is not being paid, it is an expensive hassle. Instead, landlords can try communicating with their tenant to understand the nature of the problem and give them various payment structure options. This is not possible in every situation, which is why landlords can also explain the long-term implications of an eviction to the tenant and how it can affect their financial history, in an attempt to get them to voluntarily leave the premises.

Face-offs

Living in close quarters, it is common that tenants run into each other and not every run in is going to be pleasant. Though a thorough screening process can eliminate tenants who might cause problems, it is not possible to screen for everything. So when tenants are having a disagreement, the best course of action is to allow them to solve it for themselves. When this does not work, landlords can remind them of their contractual obligations and the consequences of breaching them. It might be possible to institute a three strikes rule, but it has to be documented and communicated.

A thorough rental agreement, while unable to cover every situation, should include property regulations and clauses regarding late rent, disturbances, disagreements and general tenant duties. An experienced landlord tenant law attorney can help draft one to nip potential tenant problems in the bud.

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Dana Watts is a board certified civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization with more than 30 years of litigation experience. He also received an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

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