Avoiding tenant nightmares when you own a Mesa rental property is an important part of being a successful landlord. We’re going to share four specific tips that will keep you out of the worst possible tenant situations.
Be really careful about who you rent to. Check employment, credit history, criminal background, and talk to their current and former landlords to find out if they were good tenants. Detailed and comprehensive tenant screening is an important part of the tenant placement process. Most nightmare scenarios are due to a lack of screening.
Be Careful with Communication
It’s also important to be extremely careful in communication with your tenants. This is especially true with text messages. The Landlord Tenant laws are very clear, and texting back and forth with tenants can get very sticky when you’re trying to prove in court who said what. Document everything that you say to your tenants so you have a more legitimate record of communication if you need it.
You need to be clear and consistent in how you collect rent. Establish a clear time and place that rent is due and stick to it. It doesn’t matter if you accept cash, check, car wash tokens, beads, or frozen yogurt as rental payment; just make sure you pick a time and place that it’s due and you communicate that to the tenant in your lease.
Finally, don’t accept late payments, or be careful in accepting late payments. This affects your ability to proceed in court if the tenants decide not to pay you your money. We would love to talk to you more about avoiding tenant nightmares in Mesa, so please contact us at Beehive Property Management. We provide property management in Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, and the surrounding areas.