When it comes to their place of residence, more Americans are choosing to rent than at any point in the last 50 years.
That’s great news if you’re a landlord. However, it also means that you’ll have to work harder to weed out bad tenants.
With so many applicants interested in your property, you want to avoid future problems. Keep reading: we’ll give you the top five warning signs to look for so that you can avoid bad tenants and land the renter of your dreams.
1. Smelling Like Recreational Substances
Don’t get us wrong — there’s a time and a place to let loose. This isn’t about judging someone for indulging in a drink or smoke.
Instead, what you should be careful of is someone who doesn’t keep their drinking or smoking under control. If your prospective tenant still smells like last night’s party, you can be assured that your apartment will soon smell the same.
If you missed this warning sign and have a partying tenant on your hands, you may be wondering if illegal activity is grounds for eviction. We’ve got good news: it is. Check out this complete guide to learn more.
2. Always Late
Everyone gets stuck in traffic now and again.
However, a competent person will text you to let you know that they will be late, apologize when they finally get there, and not let it happen in the future. Blowing off the meeting or showing up late without an apology are valid reasons to hesitate about your tenants.
Think of it this way: someone who’s always late to meet you will probably be late with their rent money as well.
3. Avoiding the Background Check
Statistics show that the overall trustworthiness of renters is declining. That means a background check is more important than ever, but that more people will want to avoid it.
If your prospective tenants want to dodge the background check, it’s a sure sign that they have something to hide.
4. Frequent Moves
It’s more common for everyone, especially young people, to move around frequently these days.
However, a renter who has hopscotched to a new place every few months isn’t a good sign. Whether they keep fighting with the neighbors or struggling to make their payments, they probably aren’t the dream tenant you’re looking for.
5. Badmouthing Previous Landlords
Does your potential tenant spend your whole conversation ripping on their past landlords? If so, you can expect future problems.
There certainly are bad landlords out there, but even if there was a serious issue, your tenant should only bring it up if they have to. Even then, they should keep it short and sweet.
If your future tenant loves to talk about how badly others have screwed them over, chances are they aren’t taking responsibility for their own problems. Plus, it’s only a matter of time before they talk about you that way too.
What Every Landlord Should Know
We all want to avoid being judgemental. However, there’s a difference between giving someone a chance and welcoming a bad tenant.
With these tips, every landlord can look out for warning signs and avoid nightmare tenants.
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