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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Landlords: Get rid of that bad tenant

What is a bad tenant?

A bad tenant is any tenant who is not a good tenant.  A good tenant pays the rent on time, follows the rules (eg no smoking, no pets, no loud parties, etc.), takes care of the property and does not complain.  A bad tenant is anyone else. 

There are distinct levels of bad tenants, depending on how many traits of the good tenant are lacking.

  1. Bad tenant--A tenant who doesn't pay the rent on time or doesn't follow the rules or doesn't take care of the property or complains.
  2. Very bad tenant--A tenant who doesn't pay the rent on time and/or doesn't follow the rules and/or doesn't take care of the property and/or complains (pick any 2)
  3. Awful tenant--A tenant who doesn't pay the rent on time and/or doesn't follow the rules and/or doesn't take care of the property and/or complains (pick any 3)
  4. Tenant from hell--A tenant who doesn't pay the rent on time and doesn't follow the rules and doesn't take care of the property and complains

A good tenant can become a bad tenant but a bad tenant will NEVER become a good tenant and can become a tenant from hell.  That's why a landlord must get rid of a bad tenant as soon as possible.




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