Owning a rental property can be an exciting venture. You have an asset that can grow in value and generate cash flow at the same time. That being said, property owners/landlords tend to have some fear associated with this process. Here are the top three fears of landlords:
1. Property Damage
The tenant might seem like the nicest person on the planet but there is always the fear that they might damage the property. It could be accidental or in some cases even intentional. Either way, landlords often worry that the property will be returned to them in worse condition than it was when the tenant moved in.
2. The Wrong Tenant
Will the person living in your property be a problem? Will they throw parties, lie about how many people are living there, and make a mess? Even if they don’t do financial damage, they could still present a problem to the surrounding neighbors, and bring down the value of the neighborhood.
3. Will They Pay The Rent?
You can have your tenants sign contracts and interview them ahead of time, but every landlord fears that their tenants might not pay their rent. Having to evict a tenant can be difficult depending on the laws of the state in which your property is located, and doing so because they didn’t pay their rent can complicate the process.
How to Face These Fears
While all of these fears are certainly legitimate, most of them can be taken care of well in advance. Getting to know your tenants is key to the process. Asking them for a set of references and even speaking to some of their previous landlords can help you vet them right from the start.
Furthermore, taking a few additional steps beyond references and interviews can really go a long ways. Smart landlords will run background and credit checks to get the full picture of potential tenants. By knowing a person’s background, employment history, and their credit score, you will have a good idea of what kind of tenant they will be.
Lastly, it is extremely important to get everything in writing. A leasing agreement will outline all of the details and let the tenant know what to expect. This agreement will also provide coverage if any potential legal action needs to be taken in the future.
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