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Residential Property Management | Protection against Bad Tenants

Thursday, June 14, 2012

 

Maintaining and profiting from residential property management can sometimes be a difficult task especially for first timers. Once you have identified your prime property to manage its time to start making some money. Often profit is gained from your tenants. To carry out residential property management successfully finding a good tenant is vital.

Bad Tenants can prove disastrous for you residential property management. You have purchased and invested in some great property residential management and the last thing you want are rude and unprofitable tenants. We’ve all heard the terrible things that tenants can do including: defaulting on rent payments, leaving trash behind, and even destroying property. This is unfortunately common and landlords and property managers are the ones who often suffer from the actions of the tenant.

With difficult tenants it is very hard to emerge from the situation without making some losses within your residential property management. When tenants breach a contract, the landlord has the option to evict them but not before going through the proper process and channels. This process can often be timely and during this time the tenant can more than eat through four weeks rent and the bond and cause thousands of dollars in property damage. There is no way to escape this process as you are not allowed to forcibly evict your tenant/s straightway without undergoing the necessary steps.

Here are some things that you can do, to ensure get a good a or should you experience a bad tenant:

  • Screen tests: Before hiring the tenant for your residential property management it is important that they have undergone the proper screening tests to ensure they are a good investment and are capable of maintaining employment opportunities. Make sure you get the name of a prospective tenant's employer and their earnings capacity to make sure they can afford to pay the rent. Check their references and any previous landowners or landlords that they have dealt with.
  • Landlord Insurance: Landlord Insurance is now quite a popular cover, being provided by many banks and financial institutions so it may be a good to invest in for your residential property management. This type of insurance covers: Malicious or intentional damage to the property by the tenant or their guests, theft by the tenant or their guests, loss of rent if the tenant defaults on their payments, liability, including for a claim against you by the tenant, and legal expenses incurred in taking action against a tenant. However not all landlord protection policies are the same. It is always best to speak with your property manager to find out what policies are available.
  • Inspections: Make sure you conduct regular general property inspections. Completing regular inspections are good for an overall successful residential property management. They allow you to see what need repairing and what has been damaged or abused by the tenant. Keeping an eye out for all possible damages are ideal to see how often items are damaged. If you see there is continual damages and repairs being made you can notify the tenant of you problem and act accordingly.
  • Mortgage Buffer: if your tenant fails to pay rent on time, it is always a safe practice to ensure your mortgage bank account has enough funds to cover the mortgage payment/s. Not doing so will cause financial stress. Practising this will ease the stress of residential property management.

Niche Portfolio specialises in residential and commercial property management with efficient, timely, expert and honest advice.