Bad Tenant

Bad Tenant

Bad Tenant

From late rent payments to no rent payments, and hoarding to just downright crazy, a bad tenant can make your life a nightmare. As a landlord, you may not always know what kind of tenants you will be dealing with. Although this may be true, a bad tenant can disrupt your business. With holes blown into the wall and damaged appliances, one can only wonder, what kind of nightmare is this? The reality is, some tenants really are up to no good. And the longer you wait to deal with the issues, the bigger the problem will get. Your phone begins to ring off the hook, and your email is flooded with complaints from other tenants. No matter how diligently you screen your tenants, everyone comes across a bad tenant. From causing thousands of dollars of damage, to disappearing without a trace. Once the lease agreement is signed, one can only hope to go on their merry little way. 

Types of Bad Tenants

Unfortunately, managing a rental property is not always a walk in the park. Bad tenants are the bane of a landlords existence. On one hand, you have the types who treat your property like a flophouse. On the other hand, you have the pseudo-lawyer types who pride themselves on “knowing their rights” when you confront them with problems and violations. Then there are the ones who know how to dance right on the edge of eviction. And the types who try your patience but mysteriously know how to talk you into things. And, of course there is that classic type the one you have to haggle with over late rent and fines.

  • The Non Payer: the one who has every excuse in the world about why they cannot pay rent
  • The Tardy Payer: the one who always fails to pay their rent on-time, but nevertheless still pays it
  • The Rule Breaker: whether it is a no pet policy, or subleasing this type of tenant violates your every policy in your lease
  • The Destroyer: whether intentionally or unintentionally, this type of tenant damages and/or destroys your rental property 

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One bad tenant can make make managing your property a nightmare…


Bad tenants tend to violate one of two things: the rent or the lease

Bad Tenant Consequences

When you have bad tenants, it’s natural to want to deal with them as little as possible. Indeed it is human nature to avoid conflict. But, as a landlord you simply cannot overlook the consequences of having a bad tenant. Especially for those who have other tenants on their property to worry about. And, when you consider how it can have an impact on those around your rental property. You must remember, the bad tenant not only effects you, it also effects everyone living near and around the bad tenant.

How It Impacts:

  • Tenants & Neighbors: disturbs (e.g. frequently makes loud noise)
    • Make unsafe
    • Make unpleasant (e.g. leave common areas messy/dirty)
    • Intimidate
    • Upset, get on nerves, cause sleeplessness
    • Force them out
  • Landlord: causes a lot of unnecessary work
    • Causes a lot of unnecessary expenses
    • Upset, get on nerves, cause sleeplessness
    • Loss of good tenants

Living In the Rental Unit (Landlord Rights):

  • According to The California Department of A Consumer Affairs tenants have certain responsibilities when living in a rental unit:
    • Care: a tenant is responsible for taking reasonable care of the rental unit as well as any common areas used
    • Paying The Rent: it is important for a tenant to pay rent on the day it is due (specified by the lease agreement)

Avoiding Bad Tenants

  • Conduct a Thorough Background Screening
  • Interview Applicants at Showing
  • Request a Completed Application Upon Showing
  • Speak With Previous Landlords
  • Know Who Is Moving In
  • Run A Credit Check
  • Get Income Verification

Tips for Dealing with Bad Tenants

Have you noticed a lot of sketchy foot traffic at odd hours. Or perhaps complaints of intimidation or loud music have started to flood your inbox. When you suspect a potential problem with one of your tenants, it is best to act quickly to diffuse the situation. Before you embark on mitigating an issue with your tenant, please note we will not address how to prevent leasing to bad renters. That is for another article. However, in the event you have made the unfortunate mistake of renting to a bad tenant. There are things you can do to both head off potential problems and to deal with them once they happen.

Carry Out Routine Checks

Routine inspections are carried out to ensure the property is well cared for and to check if there are any maintenance or health and safety issues. There are simple checks that you can do to your rental property to make sure everything is working properly and that there are no obvious hazards. Routine property inspections may not be every landlord’s cup of tea. But failing to check up on what your tenants are up to, is simply too risky. 

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How to And Tips For Dealing with Bad Tenants

Sometimes we can do everything in our power to screen for tenants. But, in the end, they sometimes slip through the cracks. Here is what you need to consider if you are managing a rental property.

  • Be Objective: always try to be as objective as possible
  • Enforce Policies: enforce your policies fairly but strictly
  • Train Them: be empathetic, but objective and strict when giving options
  • Write Everything Down: when setting agreements or dealing with problematic tenants, always write everything down
  • Communicate: respond to phone calls or emails promptly, no matter how tiresome the tenant becomes
  • Take Action: when a tenant is late with rent or has not followed tenant rules, take immediate action
  • Hire A Property Management Company: rather than wracking your brain over and over
    • Hand the work of managing your rental property over to a property management company
    • The decrease in stress and extra time will more than make up for the fee
    • It’s your life, it is time to start enjoying it don’t you think
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When In Doubt

Often, a property management company begins managing a rental property when issues with tenants arise. Whether you are interested in changing property managers, or simply looking to hire a property management company for the first time, Rancho Mesa Properties can help. We take care of all types of residential rental properties including homes, condos, multiplexes such as duplex and triplexes, and even small apartment buildings. Let us manage your rental properties, so you can enjoy your life!  Call us today at (858) 576-2176. We will save you time, money, and the stress that comes along with managing your own rentals.

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