The landlord-tenant relationship has always been complicated. Landlords and property managers have many significant responsibilities to juggle, and even great landlords can struggle to stay on top of them all. That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of some of the common problems that landlords face so that you can try to prevent them from happening and quickly deal with issues when they arise.
TENANTS NOT PAYING RENT ON TIME
There are a lot of reasons why tenants hold the rents from landlords. It could because of Cash Flow, Shortages, or Temporary Unemployment, to repair and maintenance disputes. Moreover, communication during this issue is quite essential, and as a landlord, you must understand the tenant and the nature of the problem and try negotiating the rent, if possible. Tenants also should try to pay the rent on time.
BAD REPUTATION OF THE BUILDING
Tenants sometimes can create a bad reputation for the building. They create chaos, buy partying loudly, causing too much noise, and even quarreling with either neighbors or within themselves. Some of them even destroy the property and behave disrespectfully to the owner.
In such cases, the owner can give the tenants a legal notice with the help of paralegals, demanding damage costs or leaving the property.
TENANT VIOLATES THE LEASE
Sometimes a tenant chooses not to respect the terms of the lease he signed. For instance, if there is a no pet policy and he brings a new dog into the house, he has violated the terms. If the lease says that no more than four unrelated people can live on the premises and he has seven or eight people staying every night, he has violated the lease. The landlord generally provides a written warning of the violation, references the portion of the lease that is being violated and gives the tenant a certain period to correct the problem. If the tenant still refuses to comply with the lease, the eviction process may need to be initiated.
USING PROPERTY FOR ILLEGAL PURPOSES
A tenant can be evicted if they are using the premises for unlawful activity. It includes tenants distributing illegal substances out of the property.
DISRUPTING OTHER TENANTS
Tenants have the right to live free from excessive disturbances and noise, and in multi-family units, occupants can be evicted for disturbing the peace for others in the building. If you go this route, be sure to specify the nature of the disruptive behavior in the Notice to Quit, whether it’s frequent loud parties, loud music, or too much noise after quiet hours.
By definition, a holdover is a tenant who refuses to leave a rental property once the lease has expired. Holdovers can be tricky to evict, however. Since most leases are designed to switch to a month-to-month basis when they aren’t renewed, a tenant can’t be evicted so easily, especially if they continue to pay rent on time.
If you or your family wants to live in your own house again, you can always move in. But in that case, you have to serve a notice to the tenants to move out and give them a specific amount of time according to the state law.