It is sometimes difficult for a Landlord to determine if a Tenant will be a problem during the lease. However, there are ways to protect themselves before renting their property. If you are a Boca Raton FL Landlord and are unsure about your rights, contact our office at (954) 323-2529.
How can a Landlord protect themselves against problem Tenants?
1. Immediately address a Tenant’s Request for Maintenance
In most cases, Tenants comply with the lease. They pay rent and keep to themselves. However, there are exceptions. Some Tenants complain to the Landlord over any issue. As a result, a Landlord should immediately respond to their request. The advantage of responding to a request is that it will help the Landlord avoid any future claims. For example, if a Tenant claims there is mold, they usually contact the Landlord. In response, the Landlord should hire a Mold Remediation Company to inspect the property. Regardless if mold is found, the Tenant may claim at a later date that they are experiencing symptoms. As a result, this could cost the Landlord an exorbitant amount of money. Therefore, as soon as the Tenant raises an issue, the Landlord should take action to address it.
2. A Landlord should always have the lease prepared by an Attorney
Florida Statute Chapter 83 provides protections for Landlords. Since the Landlord does not live in the rental property, the laws are designed to ensure that damage is prevented. However, it is important for a Landlord to have a lease that protects them. In other words, if the Landlord allows the Tenant to have too much input in the lease, it could end up to the Landlord’s detriment. Therefore, before renting their property, a Landlord should hire an Attorney to prepare their lease.
3. A Landlord should always conduct an extensive background check on the Tenant
954 Eviction Attorneys, PLLC have found that most Landlords fail to conduct background checks on Tenants. As a result, a Landlord may rent the property to a Tenant that has been evicted on multiple occasions. The evictions could be due to reasons other than non-payment of rent. For example, the Tenant may have been evicted due to intentionally causing damage to the property of a Landlord or another Tenant. Unfortunately, this Tenant may cause the same damage if the Landlord that has not done their due diligence. Therefore, to avoid having a Tenant that could be a problem, a background check may be the solution.
4. Once a Tenant is late with rent, serve them a 3 Day Notice
Most Landlords understand that a Tenant may be late with rent due to unforeseen circumstances. This includes loss of employment, hospital bills, or family emergencies. However, while a Landlord may be sympathetic to a Tenant’s hardship, they must remember that this is a business. If a Tenant is late with rent and they are not given a 3 Day Notice, they may think that is acceptable to be late every month. Therefore, after the first time the Tenant is late, the Landlord should serve them a 3 Day Notice. As a result, the Tenant will understand that full compliance with the lease is required.
The above recommendations are beneficial for a Boca Raton FL Landlord to avoid having issues with their Tenants. Therefore, contact 954 Eviction Attorneys, PLLC today at (954) 990-7552 to learn the best way to protect yourself.