What to do if Your Tenants Cause Damage to Your Worcester Rental Property

There is a great deal to learn about the real estate investment business. While everything can look great about your investment property on paper, dealing with people is not so cut and dried as working with numbers. Whatever you do, do not skip any step in screening tenants, especially checking references and contacting previous landlords. Even with the most up-to-date and thorough screening processes, landlords can expect even the best tenants to cause some damage.

Tenants are the life bread of your business plan, and you must understand what kind of trouble you may face if you lack previous property management and don’t have strong people skills. By taking the time to understand the consequences, you will know where to focus your time and energy, and resources to avert damage to your investments before it ever occurs. Read on to discover what to do if your tenants cause damage to your Worcester rental property.

Cause

The first thing we do if our tenants cause damage to our Worcester rental property is to carefully examine the rental unit to determine the cause of the damage. Unfortunately, accidents happen; even the best of tenants may cause unforeseen damage that goes beyond the normal wear and tear that is a part of the expense of owning rental properties. Other damages can occur when tenants fail to maintain their housing correctly. And while dealing with repairs is a necessary part of rental property management, landlords could prevent damage from angry tenants for tenants. 

Tenant Responsibility

If your tenants cause damage to your Worcester rental property and you have determined the cause, you will need to take steps to ensure the tenant pays the repair expenses they are responsible for following the terms outlined in the rental agreement. Often landlords deduct the total costs for such damages from security deposits at the end of the lease agreement. If the damage is extreme, you may need to take legal action against the tenants. Should your attorney or insurance company request the information, you will require photographic evidence and documentation of the damage and keep any estimates and receipts from the repairs. Be firm but fair with your tenants. If they’re working to resolve the issue, be as fair as you can be without putting yourself at risk.

Landlord Responsibility

If your tenants continually cause damage to your Worcester rental property, you should examine your property management skills and responsibility in maintaining tenant communications. For example, tenants may learn that you simply do not respond to their calls, causing minor problems to become significant damage. Middle-of-the-night phone calls and disputes over parking spaces can become irksome, but these little things matter more than you may realize. Building solid relationships with tenants can help avoid issues with deliberate damage and help maintain the integrity of your property.  Great communication and a continued effort to work with your tenant to resolve issues will ensure both sides are happy.

Inspections

The best way we’ve found to stay on top of things at our rental properties is to do regular inspections. We do inspections every 6 months and recommend you view your rental property at the very least once per year. This will give you an opportunity to ensure the unit is being properly cared for and that there isn’t anything that needs your attention. To ensure nothing is overlooked you will want to have a property checklist. This will help you stay organized and will allow you to keep your rental property in tip-top shape.

Modern Property Solutions, LLC

Working with Modern Property Solutions, LLC makes it easy to be a landlord. Before your tenants cause damage to your Worcester rental property, why not let the pros at Modern Property Solutions, LLC help you with your property management game? Modern Property Solutions, LLC knows the laws that protect landlords like you and can help you with your screening process, rental agreements, and every other aspect of managing your investment properties, lowering the overall risks of damage ever happening. From real estate investment and exit strategies to locating the best rental properties in Worcester, Modern Property Solutions, LLC can help you build your skills; Modern Property Solutions, LLC makes it easy to be a successful landlord! Modern Property Solutions, LLC has a full-service team of the most highly regarded experts from every walk of the real estate industry. Modern Property Solutions, LLC can do it all or work with you to help you manage your properties. Let Modern Property Solutions, LLC help you keep your tenants happy and reduce your turnovers and repair expenses. Contact Modern Property Solutions, LLC at (339) 298-2357.

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