So you have a tenant who pays their rent on time but you believe they arent looking after the property as you would like. What can you do? Firstly we recommend ascertaining whether the property standard that you are talking about is actual damage or alterations to the home. Are they just hanging up pictures or is there an iron burn on the carpet or a big chip in the kitchen stone benchtop?

If its just picture frames, this is something we suggest bringing up when they leave the home and most tenants are happy to get this fixed before exiting the property.

If it was on the kitchen bench, any they are causing physical damage to the assets, that’s expensive to repair then we suggest looking at the options of moving those tenants on and maybe getting someone who’s more suitable. 

What about a tenant with animals?

If there was damage to the lawn, the tenant will need to rectify that damage because it can quite often get out of hand and be a whole lawn replacement when maybe it doesn’t need that much work if fixed immediately.

This is where your agent would contact the tenant, ask them to rectify that before the next routine inspection and they would make sure to follow it up and check that it has been done. 

We would also ensure we review this at the outgoing inspection as well.

My tenants are still damaging my properties, what can I do?

Appointing a property manager is another way of avoiding short and long term property damage as they can help to choose the right tenants and manage the property with regular inspections.

 

At Dowling Maitland, much work is done to find a suitable tenant –. If you wanted more information please contact us via email: [email protected]

 

Hi, I’m Roseanne Gaut

And I’m Monique Gaut

And we’re from Dowling Maitland.

Monique what sort of advice would you give to a landlord if their tenant is paying rent on time, yet the tenant’s really not looking after the property in the best possible way?

Well, I would ascertain if the property standard that you’re talking about is whether they’re making alterations to the home.

Whether they’re hanging up pictures or say it might be an iron burn on the carpet or a big chip in their stone benchtop in the kitchen.

So, if it was their picture frames, I would probably take that out with them when it comes to them leaving the house.

If it was on the kitchen bench, like they’re causing physical damage to the assets, that’s expensive to repair then I would be having a serious conversation with the owner about moving those tenants on and maybe getting someone who’s more suitable.

What about if the tenants got a dog, and you know trekking around the yard and makes damage to the lawn?

If there was damage to the lawn, we would ask the tenant to rectify that damage because it can quite often get out of hand and be a whole lawn replacement when maybe it doesn’t need that much work straight away.

So, we would contact the tenant, ask them to rectify that before the next routine inspection  
and then just make sure that we’re following up and checking that it’s being done.

Other than that, we would wait until the outgoing inspection.

Excellent, that’s really good advice. 

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