• Arielle Welch

Common Rental Violations and How to Avoid them!

Although you may have taken time to select the perfect tenants for your property, it is still likely that even the best of tenants can violate a clause in your lease. This is why you need to make sure that the consequences for breaking the lease are clearly stated as well as followed through on to avoid creating bigger problems in the future.

Below are five of the most commonly violated lease clauses as well as how to deal with them:

1. Long-Term Guests: While tenants surely should be able to have visitors stay, it becomes an issue when their visitors become more like unofficial extra tenants. To avoid this, you should state in the lease a maximum number of days that guests are able to stay. This maximum could be 7 days (unless a written request has been approved to exceed this) or it could be 28 days. You should also include in the lease the penalty for violating this clause such as an increase in rent per person per month or termination of the lease.

2. Pets: Again, it’s important to include in the lease your policy on pets staying at your rental property along with the consequences for breaking this rule. If you are noticing pet-related damages during the inspection and concerned that an unauthorised pet may be staying at the property then make sure to take photos as evidence. You could also check with neighbours to see if they’ve noticed any pets staying.

3. Unpaid Rent: This is probably the most common problem a landlord may face. While your rental agreement should already have a due date, you should also include terms for late payment. This way, tenants are given some leeway since turning over tenants can be exhausting and might result in more lost income. If tenants refuse to pay following the late payment clause then you can begin the eviction process.

4. Damages: Before each tenancy, it is essential that you perform an in-depth inspection so you have accurate documentation of the property standard before their arrival. When you have this documentation you can easily compare each inspection so that you know when damages occurred. In your lease, you should state that the tenant will cover the cost of any repairs for damages caused during their stay.

5. Commercially Used Rental Properties: If your tenant is using the rental unit as a base for their commercial business then you have a right to put an end to it. However, this should only be if the tenant is receiving a large number of clients or supplies and not if the tenant is simply working from home. This should also be clearly stated in your lease that the tenant use the property for the intended purpose of residency only.

As you can see, the above violations can easily be done by people who are otherwise great tenants. It’s important to remember that most people do not want to cause any problems, which is why it’s essential to make sure the expectations of the tenants are clearly stated in the lease. By following the above tips, you are sure to reduce these problems at your rental property.