Landlords Need to Know Their Tenants

The problem: Today, often landlords do not know up to 20% of their tenants.  I am not speaking of the person who has one rent house, but owners of multi-family dwellings.  However, sometimes the owner of that one rent house does not either.  Hopefully you had already checked them out with something like Tenant Detective.

How this happens:  Someone moves into the apartment and signs a lease.  The lease is a good deal and they may get married or change jobs.  These renters often illegally sub-let out the apartment for more than they are paying.  The other option is one person rentes the house/apartment, the "gets married" and the whole family moves in.  I do not mean a spouse, but the spouse, stepchildren, mother-in-law, father-in-law, etc.

Now yest they rented the house, but they signed the lease as an individual.  The wear and tear is now that of an entire family.  Most landlords know to have protection clauses, but they do not check out the properties closely.  If they see others there, they are "just visiting."

What to do:  You need to be your own detective, or hire one.  Set up and watch the residence at normal leaving and arriving times from working hours.  If you cannot do it in person, set up a scout camera on the property or in a vehicle parked in front of the property.  (This may be even better than watching yourself).  You do not need an expensive spy camera as most scout cameras bought at a sporting goods store will work.  If you do not know where to get one, buy this one:

What next:  You can confront the tenenat with the information, serve them notice or even file on them for lost rent in small claims court.  Whatever you do is your choice, but at least you hold the cards as to what you can do.

1 comment:

  1. First, each owner has to know what the law defines as a lease, the legal requirements for notice and responsibility to adhere to the good faith of both parties.

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