Owning rental property is an excellent way to build wealth while generating passive cash flow but the reality is that conflicts and disputes among tenants will come.
Thankfully, you can easily handle those situations yourself simply by following these tips.
- CREATE AND ENFORCE A STRONG LEASE AGREEMENT
Any time there’s a problem that has no solutions or several different solutions, you need to consult your lease agreement. That’s the first resource for any complaints or disputes between your tenants or between you and a tenant. Make sure you have a strong lease agreement in place that is clear about rules, responsibilities, and rights.
Most leases will have something that addresses a tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment of the property. In a multi-family lease agreement, it’s typical to have quiet hours listed. For example, during the hours of 10pm and 6am, music and television must be kept turned down to ensure other residents aren’t bothered. The lease is also a good place to provide tenants with a process for making complaints about noise from neighbors.
If you're currently using a generic lease agreement that you pulled from the Internet, it's best to hire an attorney and have them draft a lease agreement that meets all of your requirements.
- ENCOURAGE COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION
Communication is always important, and a neighborly conversation can sometimes take care of the problem quickly. If your tenants are comfortable talking to their neighbors, encourage them to do so. Opening a discussion on noise and respecting each other’s quiet times is also something that you can facilitate as the landlord.
Loud noises can be especially disruptive at night, so if tenants are kept awake by barking dogs, loud music, or constant parties, a simple conversation between neighbors may make things better. Encourage your resident not to be accusatory or angry, but to approach it in a way that’s respectful and open.
It’s possible that the neighbors don’t realize how easy it is for your tenants to hear them. If they’re reasonable and respectful, a simple chat may be all that’s required, and things will quiet down right away. Don’t let your tenants escalate the situation if their neighbors are rude and angry, however.
- TAKING THE NEXT STEPS WHEN NOISE COMPLAINTS AREN’T RESOLVED
If the offending tenant is in a property that you manage, you can send a letter to document the complaint that’s been made. Ask the tenant to resolve the issue by not playing their music as loud or by turning down their television in the evenings.
You want to remain friendly and cooperative, but if the tenant does not respond or remedy the situation, you can move forward with an eviction. Noise complaints usually don’t go that far, but it is an option that you have.
Tenant Screening Helps
When you’re screening prospective tenants, make sure you’re not welcoming disruptive and noisy residents into your community. Look for prior evictions and talk to former landlords about how they behaved in the past.
Bottom Line: Be proactive before conflicts escalate. Encouraging friendly communication between residents can increase understanding on both sides. If noise continues, written notice to a disruptive resident to document the complaint can be effective, however if the resident doesn’t comply, your strong and comprehensive lease can support moving forward with eviction.
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