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Can you avoid landlord-tenant conflicts?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2024 | Real Estate Disputes

Disputes between landlords and tenants may arise from any aspect of their relationship. These include a breach of the lease or rental contract, damage to property, failure to remedy defective conditions and so on. Thus, it may seem challenging to avoid conflicts. But as the landlord, you can.

Below are three tips that can help you:

Screen tenants

You can avoid potential conflicts with a tenant by screening them to learn more about their rental and eviction history, criminal records, income and credit score. 

However, before obtaining this information, the prospective tenant should be informed about the screening in writing. They should know what information will be accessed and the criteria that may result in a denial of their application. 

If you will be working with a consumer reporting agency, the tenant should know the agency’s name and address and their right to obtain a free copy of the consumer report.

Screening a tenant may not guarantee you a smooth experience with a tenant, but it’s vital to make a decision from an informed standpoint. Even though it can be frustrating to see your unit empty when it should be making you a profit, take time screening applicants to protect your investment.

Ensure your lease/rental agreement is clear

Ambiguity can lead to landlord-tenant conflicts. Therefore, ensure your lease or rental agreement is clear. Thoroughly review it before a tenant signs it.

Have a maintenance routine

Weekly, monthly, seasonal, and yearly maintenance routines can save you from conflicts. This allows you to solve minor issues before they affect a tenant’s comfort. Besides, it can reduce the chances of a tenant stating you delayed remedying a defective condition.

If you are conflicting with a tenant, legal guidance can help prevent the issue from escalating.