Tenant behavior is a topic that always interests me, because I’ve found that tenants can do some pretty strange things every now and then. One of the things your tenants might do is to move in other people without your permission. It’s not always easy to find out when this happens, so your tenants might get away with it. When they sneak people in and you don’t know it, there’s not much you can do. I’ve talked to a lot of property owners who have had to deal with this and it’s frustrating. We’ve developed a technique that isn’t perfect, but can help you handle tenants who allow other people to live in your property without being on the lease or known to you.
Talk about this situation when you sign the lease with your tenants. We always tell our tenants that we want to know when a person not on the lease will stay in the property for more than seven days. Always explain and include this in the lease. If someone is going to move in for two or three months, we ask for an extra $100 per person in addition to the monthly rent. Usually, only one or two people will stay for an extended time. You won’t often find tenants moving an entire family into the home. However, you don’t want to encourage this, so asking for the extra money every month is a good idea.
Collecting this extra payment for extra people will protect your home. Having more people in the house means there are more people using and abusing the property. You should get something for that. We always tell our tenants that any time you have friends or family staying in your house for a long time; it never works out as great as you think it might. We encourage the tenants to be rewarded for the headache as well. We’ll suggest to the tenants that they feel free to charge over and above the $100 we ask for. So, if the tenants want to, they can charge the people staying with them $200 per month. Then, they pay us our $100 and keep the balance for themselves. That helps the tenants with some incentive. Just remember to remind the tenants that the extra charge is in addition to the standard rent payment.
Tenants must understand that permission is needed when someone else is staying in your property. We always want to approve the people living in the home, and we’ll put them through the same credit approval and background checks that we would for regular tenants. We think tenants should be compensated when they help out their friends or family, because it’s not fun to have other people in your personal space. We know that property managers and owners should be compensated too, because more people means more wear and tear on the home.
We have a lot of ideas on how to deal with tenants and tenant behavior. If you have any questions, please contact us at Cavalier Estates.