How to Deal with Bad Tenants

Being a landlord can prove to be very beneficial if you are up to the task. The process of renting out your properties could lead to dealing with the occasional bad tenant. There are some steps you can take to help you in dealing with your bad tenant listed below. If all else fails you can trust the Attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo to help you figure out the necessary steps you need to take in dealing with your less than desirable tenant.


Be Objective, Not Emotional

Try to be as objective as possible. Set strict ground rules and stick to the policies you create. Enforce those policies fairly but strictly. Perhaps you can modify a thing or two with the payment, if absolutely necessary, but don’t fall for their stories easily without a degree of suspicion. Once you give in, they’ll not stop until they get you under their control. You need to treat transactions like you would with any business. Hold them to the rules and regulations you set in place.


Keep a Detailed Record

When setting agreements or dealing with problematic tenants, always write everything down. An airtight agreement protects you from any damages and liabilities bad tenants may do in the future. When you lay the ground rules out on paper, the tenant will be more inclined to follow the rules. To make it legal, both of you should sign the agreement and the form should be reviewed prior to signing by an attorney at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. Record any late payments from the tenants as well as any conversations with the tenant so that you can track their late payments and use your documentation as proof, should you need to pursue legal action.


Take Action Immediately

When they have delays in payment or when they have disobeyed tenant rules, then reprimand immediately. Don’t let time pass. This ties into being objective. You have to hold your tenants accountable for their actions and whether or not they are following the rules and regulations you have set in place.


If you have done everything in your power to deal with your bad tenant and are now faced with asking them to leave or taking legal action you can trust the attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo to help you with the process. We can help you in knowing what your rights are as a landlord and property owner. Call our office today to schedule your first consultation with us.

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