Looking for a tenant? Here are five tips you should be prepared to deal with:
- Treat the people who are interviewing to be your tenant as employees. In other words, run a background check, credit check, calling their references and/or previous landlord, and verify their income.
- Have a written policy. A lease is one thing, but maybe make a "Do or Don'ts" list for them to follow. This way your rules and perspectives are clear.
- It is important to have rules, but too much rules may cause you more problems than actually help you. Do not be too strict where it is not a fair nor welcoming place to live.
- Be a good landlord. Maintain a respectful relationship with your tenants. If there is a repair they need your help with, respond quickly. They will appearate that.
- If there is a problem, do not be afraid to remove it. Life is too short to be stuck with rude tenants (and more importantly, you do not want to feel uncomfortable in your own house.) Hire a lawyer to assist you in removing the problem.