Avoid tenant disputes by following these tips

Being a landlord can be hard. While owning rental property is often a financially rewarding venture, the experience of dealing with tenants can be somewhat difficult and frustrating.

To minimize the stress you experience and the conflicts you may have with your tenants, here are some tips every landlord should follow:

1. Know your tenant's rights -- and your own.

A lot of landlord-tenant disputes start because one party doesn't know their rights (or the limits of those rights). You can't rely on your tenants to know the law -- so you have to know it for the both of you. It's often helpful, however, to provide tenants with a basic set of guidelines when they sign their lease. You can minimize hassles by detailing their responsibilities and the right procedures to follow when they have an issue.

2. Always try the personal approach with a dispute.

When there is a problem, try resolving the issues that have cropped up with a face-to-face conversation whenever possible. Most people respond better if you try to meet them personally. If that doesn't work, see if your tenant is willing to let a mediator help.

3. Document everything as closely as possible.

If your issue with your tenant has to go to binding arbitration or court, you want to have plenty of evidence on your side. Document every unreasonable demand the tenant makes and every notice you've sent reminding him or her of the rules. Make sure to include photographic evidence when necessary.

When all else fails, you may need legal help to resolve your dispute with your tenant. Our office can assist. For more information, please explore our site further.

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