As a landlord, you are likely no stranger to stressful situations. Problematic tenants unfortunately come with the territory and are by no means easy to handle. Every tenant is different thereby presenting various difficulties and San Diego residents are no exception. With all the complexities in mind, here are four ways to deal with those frustrating renters.
- Be Proactive
Before we venture into action steps for the already problematic renter, it’s important to take into account preventative measures. Of course screening potential tenants is a must. Performing a thorough background check can be the difference between smooth sailing and disastrous troubles.
“You teach people how to treat you”. This brilliant phrase used by the likes of Oprah and Tony Robbins is a great guiding thought when starting the tenant/landlord relationship. Just like in any relationship, setting expectations is incredibly important. Beyond expectations laid out in the written contract, in person interactions should confirm the guidelines for renting as well as the consequences for not abiding by the guidelines.
- Hire a Property Management
It’s important to be self-aware of your skill set in managing properties. Maybe you see yourself as more of a behind the scenes landlord. If this is the case, a property management could be a solution for you. They take on the stress and time that inevitably comes with difficult tenant interactions. It is important to note that this option can be expensive. So factoring in the cost for this luxury is a must.
- Take Legal Action
Unfortunately, with some tenants legal action is necessary. If you’re looking at evicting your tenant, you’ve likely given lots of warnings and are wearing thin on patience. It can be tempting to do whatever it takes to get the tenant out no matter the cost. However, evictions can be tricky, so make sure you get reliable legal counsel to help you through the process. You don’t want to create legal trouble for yourself. Before contacting a lawyer it may be helpful to check on California state laws in regards to eviction and keep a log of your tenant’s actions. Keep in mind that this option is also costly, but sometimes necessary.
- Sell Your Property
If there is seemingly no end to the tenant frustration that you’re dealing with, then selling your property could be a great solution. Many people choose to sell their property and break free from the hassles of problematic tenants. In selling to a cash buyer, you may not even need to evict before you sell. In some cases, for example, you can sell and the cash buyer will evict for you.
We’re always ready to help you out of property ownership headaches and frustrations. When you’re looking to sell your home quickly in California, we buy homes as-is for cash. Call us at Trusted House Buyers today at 619-786-0973. You can always ask for me directly. My name is Brian and we look forward to helping.