No matter what methods you may choose to ensure that your tenants are upstanding citizens, you may still come across one that is troublesome. Thorough background checks and credit checks do not reveal every detail of a person’s personality. Therefore, you may end up with a tenant who has antisocial tendencies, messy habits, noisy friends or poor values. Since a tenancy agreement is a legally binding document, you will have to follow protocol for handling a troublesome tenant. You and your tenant have certain rights in the matter. The following will describe how you can handle several situations with troublesome tenants.
Common Problems from Troublesome Tenants
The most common problem that troublesome tenants have are financial problems such as those on social security benefits. A financial problem could be a situation in which a tenant fails to pay rent in a timely fashion. Your tenancy agreement should clearly state the date that each monthly payment is due. It should also state the date when a payment becomes late and additional fees such as late charges. The best way for you to handle this situation is to enquire about the tenant’s lateness. You are not obligated to have a conversation with the tenant about the late payments. However, initiating such an interaction may motivate the tenant to at least explain himself or herself.
You may find that your tenant has suffered an occupational loss, and illness or an adjustment in family members. You have the right to handle the problem any way you see fit. You can offer your condolences, develop a payment arrangement that accommodates the challenged tenant, or your can start eviction proceedings. A tenant who is consistently late on payments runs the risk of eviction just as much as a tenant who is late once does. If you decide to evict the troublesome tenant, then you must first send him or her a Section 8 Housing Notice and request payment within 14 days. Rent guarantee insurance is quite affordable and can help soften the financial blow of a failure of a tenant to pay.
Loud and Disruptive Behaviours
Your tenants may be young students or just unaware of how to handle themselves within a community. They may have late parties, or they may make enough noise inside or outside of their homes to upset neighbours. This can be particularly troublesome in houses of multiple occupation or a block of flats. As a respectable landlord, you should always try to give a tenant a chance to correct a situation. The first step you can take against loud and disruptive activities is speaking to the tenant. You can arrange a meeting by calling the tenant. When you meet with the tenant, you can gently explain to him or her that the neighbours are complaining of loud noises. You can specify that the community prefers a quiet environment.
Alternatively, you can send a letter to the tenant requesting that he or she discontinue the disruptive activities. In this letter, you can restate the terms of your tenancy agreement so that the tenant knows the rule that he or she is breaking. Often a young tenant will not read the entire lease agreement, and he or she does not fully understand his or her obligations – though a good landlord should always understand theirs. Adding a quote from the tenancy agreement is an excellent way to ensure that all parties understand each other. If the tenant fails to correct the problem, then you may have no choice but to initiate an eviction.
As previously stated, background checks and credit checks may not always reveal the true nature of a tenant. You may find one day that your tenant has been convicted of a serious crime such as domestic violence, bank robbery, drug selling or something similar. Any of these situations would indicate that your tenant is using your property to conduct illegal activities. You have the right to initiate an eviction in any of the aforementioned situations. In such a case, you can immediately start eviction proceedings. If you are concerned about the potential for high legal expenses you can include them in your insurance cover.
To initiate eviction proceedings, you can send the tenant a notice in the mail of your intent to evict him or her. You can state your reason for starting eviction proceedings, and then you can visit the court and file paperwork with them. Your notice should request that the tenant leave within 28 days. You are only required to give the tenant 28 days’ notice in certain parts of the UK.
Worse still is the potential for fraudulent claims for injury or damages due to the condition of your home or the facilities, furniture and appliances you provide. By taking landlord’s public liability cover you can insulate yourself from any claims, spurious or otherwise, but there is still a duty to ensure your property is in a good condition.
Property Damages and Subleasing
Your tenant may damage your property or allow people to stay in it that do not belong there. You can request that such a tenant pay for the damages to your property, though it should be covered by the buildings cover in your landlords insurance, and you can ask a person who is subleasing your property to ask his or her guest to leave. The best way to request changes in a tenant’s behaviour is by mail so that you can establish a paper trail. Proof that you have informed and forewarned a tenant will give you more ammunition if you have to legally evict that person.