Dealing with difficult tenants will certainly happen as a landlord in San Antonio. While it is frustrating, the issues that arise from these situations can be managed. Learn more about how to deal with difficult tenants below!
Are a landlord with tenants living in your house that drive you crazy? Well… you might want to throw in the towell and simply give up. However, you don’t always need to take that drastic measure. Most issues that cause your blood to boil can actually be resolved calmly and rationally when approached the right way. Keep reading to learn more about some of our best tips for handling difficult tenants in San Antonio and what to do when all else fails.
A) Face The Issues Head On
Never bury your head in the sand when it comes to issues with your tenants. Remain calm, keep your composure, and try to reason with the tenants. Most times, problems can be worked out if addressed in a timely manner. For example, a tenant might not be aware of their barking dog that is at it all day when they aren’t home. So bringing the issue up cordially can be a simple solution. Make the tenant aware of any complaints against them and if they are doing something in violation of their lease. Secondly, allow them time to rectify their actions before taking things to the next step. Suprisingly, people will be reasonable and will work with you to try find a solution that is aAll Posts win-win for everyone.
B) Communication…Document Everything
When it comes to communicating with your tenants, it is a must to document all communication just in case you need to use it later on down the road. Save texts, emails and make notes of phone or person to person conversations. Keep a log showing your communication with any and all tenants. Make sure and include names, dates, and times as well as highlights of the important parst of the conversation. Having this information at your disposal is very important should you begin the eviction process at a lagter time.
C) Hire a Competent Property Management Company
Just becasue you’re a landlord, doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own. Hiring a solid property management company who is willing to do your dirty work can possibly save you in the long run. Again, a good property management company should be well versed in Texas law and the rights of the landlord and tenant. Their experience will help you deal with difficult tenants and with the eviction process if it comes to that.
D) Adjust The Rent Upwards
Is the lease up? If you have the option, just don’t renew. You might also consider trying to raise the rent to help you monetize your hassle. This tactic might also get them to vacate on their own. Before you do anything, make sure whatever you do is done legally. The last thing you want to do is to give a bad tenant any wiggle room to take advantage of a technicality.
E) If Necessary, Eviction
If you have decided you’ve had enough and really want them out of your house, your last option is an eviction. Don’t think you can just change the locks, throw out their belongings, cut off the utilities, or harass them. You will need to hire an attorney or properly file the eviction notice yourself as well as providing cause as to why you want them gone. Prepare by providing all of the supporting documentation you have at your disposal. It may take a while to get through the system, but once the courts hear your case, you will be able to force them to leave right away. If they still refuse to leave, you can call the local sheriff’s office and have them escorted out the hard way. Hopefully, you are able to resolve your differences before it gets to this point. Eviction isn’t only unpleasant for them, it can be frustrating and costly for you as well. We wrote an entire blog post on just this subject. If you need more info, check out our post here>>>> https://www.sellmysahousefast.com/how-to-evict-bad-tenants-in-san-antonio/
F) Sell Your Problem Tenants
You may have tenants that are unruly, uncooperative and may even have stopped paying the rent. We have seen it all. If you have tenants that you don’t want to deal with in any way, you may be considering selling your problem…that is, selling the house they live in. If this is what you are considering, make sure you engage in a reputable company that has a history of buying houses with bad tenants in place. At Capstone Homebuyers, we have purchased houses with bad tenants many times over. We have a great reputation, we will be fair with your tenants, and will deal with the problem so that you don’t have to. If this is a route you are considering, reach out to us so we can discuss all of your options in detail.