How Can Landlords Avoid Bad Tenants?


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  • Pay Attention to Ads: An advert is the number one means which you use to communicate and reach out to an applicant. It builds a picture of who you are to a prospective tenant. Bad tenants or individuals who are more likely to behave in a way that will cause a landlord to lose money will usually target private landlords. Private landlords, in most cases, do not take background checks seriously, and are more likely to display cheap adverts. A bad tenant will often avoid rentals which are controlled by well-established leasing offices. It is easy to figure out if a landlord will be less scrutinizing by the detail on their advert. An advert that makes it clear that an applicant will undergo background checks and has to follow leasing rules will deter individuals with bad motives.
  • Pay Attention To Your Rent: This is why it is important to make sure your property is in top-notch condition. Charging rent which is too low will most likely attract applicants with the intention of exploiting you, because it shows you are lacking in confidence. However, charging too high will discourage good applicants and invite malicious individuals who just need a roof over their heads with no intention of paying rent. You have to ensure your rent is at a competitive price with other rental properties.
  • Don’t Display Your Property as a Prolonged Vacant Property: Bad tenants look for ads that show a property has been vacant for a long time. It shows the landlord is desperate to have the vacancy filled and will be willing to accept anything. Avoid making ads that show off a reduction or discount in rent.
  • Ask Prequalifying Questions: When an applicant sends an email or contacts you by phone call, ask prequalifying questions such as, why do you want to move? When would you like to move in? This will help you figure out if the tenant is worth the trouble. An applicant who wants to move in as quickly as possible is most likely getting evicted for being problematic or failing to make rent.
  • Keep a Clean Property: If a property is well maintained, kept tidy and looks secure, it gives the impression that the landlord pays close attention to what goes on in and around the property. This will dissuade bad tenants from applying.
  • Run a Background Check: Always run a background check on applicants to confirm all the information they have provided. You can have them pay a “credit check” fee. This will discourage individuals who have no good intentions from applying.

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