As a landlord, the last thing you need is to be dealing with tenant disputes that take up valuable time. There are a few vital steps you can take to maintain the peace- so here are Arthurs top tips.
Most tenant-landlord disputes can be solved by clear communication and transparency from the outset. It all sounds very simple but many new landlords trip up at some of the simplest of hurdles.
Firstly, and one of the most important ways to avoid disputes with your tenants, is to make sure you check them out properly before entering into a contract with them. Many landlords find that hastily entering into tenancy agreements can come back to bite them. Referencing and doing credit checks on your tenants can be vital to ensuring a smooth and peaceful tenancy.
Secondly , clear communication is key. The most common problems between landlords and tenants relate to payment of rent, deposits and repairs. Whilst a clear contract outlines each party’s legal obligations, should a problem arise, 90% of the time it can be solved with clear communication and a clear understanding of the other parties situation. Don’t wait until it’s too late and there is a sour taste left in the tenant’s mouth.
Deposits can create all sorts of hassle between tenants and their landlords, and by making sure your tenants deposit is protected under the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme you can give your tenant peace of mind. These Government-backed schemes are beneficial to both parties. They make sure you, as a landlord, are covered should a tenant default on their rent or cause damage to your property. And they also make sure the tenant has a trace to their deposit and they receive a fair amount should the tenancy come to a sticky end.
Don’t wait until a dispute to start managing your properties effectively- provide a clear, transparent service from the beginning with Arthur landlord software. Arthur is an innovative app that allows tenants and landlords to access all the details regarding their tenancy in one place, meaning there is never a lack of communication between the two.
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