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Having difficulties with your tenant?

Dealing with difficult tenants can be a task for landlords. So what are the main difficulties landlords face when dealing with tenant’s and what can be done to avoid any such issues from arising or escalating.

Common problems faced by landlords

Non-payment

The main problem a landlord faces as we all know it is, tenants withholding payment for rent. Tenants can withhold payment for a number of reasons, the most obvious being, having cashflow problems, this can be as a result of being temporarily unemployed during the course of the tenancy agreement. Other situations where tenants tend to hold back from making payment can include disputes regarding repairs, maintenance etc.

Repairs

Landlords can often be left with hefty repair bills when a tenant vacates their property. Many tenants cause a lot of damage to the property prior to leaving, this leaves the landlord to pay for damages to repair their property, in many cases landlords can be left substantially out of pocket.

Extra residents

Landlords will often find that tenants sneak in extra residents into their property and this can put landlords in a very difficult position with their insurers when making claims for damage. The majority of insurers are likely to refuse paying out for damage caused by tenants not listed on the tenancy agreement.

Eviction

Having a difficult time evicting tenants following the end of their tenancy agreement is something which is quite common. Although it may sound quite bizarre however it does happen, many tenants refuse to leave the property after the end of their agreement.

In the event this occurs landlords need to be aware of their legal position on evicting a tenant. Evicting a tenant can be quite complex especially if you are not aware of the legal rights of both parties.

How can you prevent disputes with your tenants?

In order to avoid additional stress to your daily life, using different techniques and being tactful can help with difficulties and disputes with your tenants.

Background check

The first and foremost thing landlords should do without fail before having a tenant move in, is to run a background check on them, any red flags at this stage should assist in avoiding potentially problematic tenants. Background checks can include “right to rent” status, references from previous landlords, credit checks etc. 

Inventory

One of the most common reasons for disputes with tenants is property damage. The best way around this is to put together a detailed inventory from the outset of the tenancy, that way you have a clear record of the property’s condition that has been agreed by all parties. This will make it much easier to calculate damages accurately at the end of the tenancy.

Good relationship

It is important to have a good relationship with your tenant. Having said that though, it does not mean that in order to maintain that relationship you are obliged to communicate with your tenants on a daily basis. However, it is good practice to keep regular contact with them. If your tenants know you they will keep you informed better of any issues or damage to the property..

It can be extremely easy to get angry in situations where your tenants are causing problems. However becoming angry will only aggravate the situation more therefore stay calm and think rationally. It might come as a surprise but tenants will be a lot more receptive to what you tell them if you come across calm as opposed to angry and aggressive. 

If you need help and advice regarding landlord and tenant disputes, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0113 350 4030 or at hello@scesolicitors.co.uk.

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and litigation practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide. Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Sam Mukhtar
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Sam Mukhtar

Sam Mukhtar is a paralegal at SCE Solicitors, she has over 5 years of legal experience. Prior to starting her role at SCE Solicitors, she worked in a regional firm in Greater Manchester dealing with civil matters before moving to Leeds and joining the SCE team.

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