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8 Things That Make You a Bad Tenant

Spokane Tenant Smoking a Cigarette in Her Rental HomeAre you a careless tenant? If you’re not too sure, here are eight things that could make you one. Problems like getting evicted, having a withdrawn security deposit, or even being banned from ever renting again, are the effects of being a bad tenant. Make sure to avoid these risks if you don’t want to face the consequences!

  1. Not paying rent on time. This is probably the biggest issue in assessing whether or not you will be a reliable tenant. If you don’t pay your rent on time, your Spokane property manager has the legal right to evict you. Being late to pay rent can also damage your credit score.
  2. Making too much noise or disturbing other tenants. If you are constantly making noise or causing disturbances to other tenants, your landlord will have numerous complaints against you. The more grievances your landlord receives, the less likely they will be to renew your contract at the end of its term.
  3. Damaging the property or not taking care of it. There is another common sign of a bad tenant. Causing damage to the property or neglecting to repair it, will force your landlord to spend money to fix it. This costs them a lot of cash, and they may decide to keep your security deposit or evict you in extreme cases.
  4. Not reporting maintenance and repair issues. Maintenance and repair issues can cost your landlord a lot of money if you don’t report them right away. Moreover, you may cause damage not only to the house but to your personal property (imagine a water leak that will become a flood!). This is why it is vital to alert your landlord of any matters as early as possible.
  5. Having pets when you’re not supposed to. You may believe that it will go unnoticed by your landlord if you have pets when you aren’t supposed to, but they will find out. If your lease expressly prohibits pets, this is a violation of the lease terms and may result in your eviction from the property.
  6. Bringing in unauthorized guests. The same holds true for uninvited guests or residents. For legal purposes, your landlord must be informed of everyone living in your rental home, such as relatives who tend to stay a long time. If things go wrong, unapproved guests can cause legal headaches to you and your landlord.
  7. Smoking inside or using drugs. Another sign of a bad tenant is this. The use of drugs and smoking inside when your lease expressly prohibits it and continuing to do so can enrage your landlord and result in your arrest (if the drugs are illegal) or eviction–or both.
  8. Ignore your lease terms. Ignoring any of your lease terms, as well as those we’ve already discussed, may cause you to think it won’t have an impact in the short term. However, your landlord will eventually discover this – and they will not be pleased. Receiving a warning or even being evicted from the property may be the conclusion.

Be certain to avoid these things now that you know how not to be a bad tenant! Earning yourself poor recommendations or getting blacklisted, make it harder (if not impossible) to rent another home, and that is the last thing you need. If you are in the market for a new rental home, browse our listings. We can help you find a quality rental home in Spokane.

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