5 Tips to Keep you Eviction Free

Evictions are a factor of owning rental properties that no one wants to deal with,
owners and tenants alike. There are five key ways that you can avoid having to deal
with evictions all together. Implementing things into the process in the beginning will
save you the trouble of having to file an eviction notice down the road. There are a lot of
factors that you should consider but these five points are a good place to start. You can
add on as you learn what works for you and your properties over the years.

Background Checks

Do a criminal and a background check on every single application that you
consider with no room for exceptions. The ideal tenant that you are looking for has good
credit and good rental history as well. Moreover, you also want to make a phone call to
the last place that they lived at because if there were any issues, they may have not yet
hit their credit. Some people will try to get away with claiming past evictions by
attempting to obtain a new lease before the eviction shows up on their credit report. You
can charge them an application fee in order to obtain this information before allowing
them to sign a lease for one of your properties.

Property Appearance

Maintaining your properties appearance is very important. Nice looking properties
will attract the type of tenant that you want. In order to attract the ideal tenant, you must
have the ideal place for them to rent. Take pride in the properties that you own and
maintain them. This includes updating when necessary and also fixing any issues as
they may arise over the years that you own them.

Be a Good Landlord

Also, and this may seem obvious but be a good landlord if you want to have good
tenants. If you are a good landlord, then the right tenant will rent from you for years.
Some ways to do this are to simply have someone available to answer a phone call
when needed, fix things quickly and be lenient when they may be a day late on rent if
this is not a normal occurrence for them. You want to build a positive relationship with
your tenants so that they will continue to rent from you long term.

Credit Reporting

Make sure that you understand how to handle credit reporting. You want to make
sure that your lease states that you report payments to the credit bureaus. This can be
a very positive aspect for the right tenants. You also want to make sure that you have a
lasting relationship with the company as well to handle the reportings. There is a
process to how you have to report and you should be informed on how to do so
beforehand.

Airtight Lease

The most important way to keep yourself eviction free is going to be to have an
airtight lease. This is why it is so important to make sure that your lease is created by a
professional attorney and that you personally go over the lease with your tenant so you
can know for sure that they understand the agreement that they are signing. If there is a
loophole in your lease, when it comes time to evict, you can be sure that your tenant will
find it.

Tenant Screening Tips

There are many tenant screening tips that can be beneficial to you long term in the real estate business. When looking for tenants to rent your properties, you want to be sure that they are individuals that you want to be able to form a professional relationship, often long term. You want to be able to trust many factors, that they will treat your property with respect, pay their rent on time and not cause you any unnecessary issues while they are a tenant in your property.

Key Tips

There are some tips that I can give you when interviewing with new tenants that you may not have previously thought of. One that may not come to mind for everyone is to walk the applicants back out to their car after you speak with them. If they keep an unkept vehicle, they will commonly treat your property the same way. Also, instead of asking them whether or not they have an animal, ask them how many animals that they have. This is a good way to catch them off guard because if they do have animals, they will assume that you already know about them. Do not let them try to assure you that their animal lives elsewhere, this will not be the case. The animal will live on the property that you are leasing and should be tied to the application as such.

Background Checks

Background checks are extremely important when verifying possible tenants for your properties. Always, with no exceptions, do a credit and a background check on any tenant and all adults that will be possibly occupying your properties. Do not accept anyone that has a history of being a felon to rent at any of your properties. They will normally violate your HOA and cause general problems for you and your property. You will also need to be up to date on other laws in your areas concerning things such as service dogs. Service dog laws are generally different state by state. There are only certain animals that will be considered a service animal by the state and they need to have the proper papers in order as well. You subsequently cannot charge them any kind
of additional deposit or pet rent for any service animal.

Conclusion

Understanding these initial key tips for screening possible tenants will help you long term find the best tenants and save you headaches down the road. Paying attention to the small details in the beginning is a good way to make sure that you will have the right tenants moving in in the first place and be able to move forward with a rental agreement with less issues to worry about during their lease period. This may seem like a lot of paperwork in the short term, but there will be even more paperwork in the long term if you do not take these steps from the start of the process. This is also a good reason to look into possibly hiring a solid management company for your properties to handle all of the screening for you.