Bad tenants are a landlord's worst nightmare. Between not paying their rent, trashing your rental property, allowing pest infestations, committing criminal acts in the property and a hundred other miserable acts, bad tenants can make a landlord's life miserable. Fortunately, there are tactics you can employ to minimize the damage caused by bad tenants.
First Line of Defense: An Airtight Lease Agreement
Before you allow a tenant to move into your property, you can lay the groundwork for addressing future problems by using an airtight lease agreement. Every state has different landlord-tenant laws governing what your lease agreement can contain, so be sure to use a state-specific lease agreement. Sometimes they can be obtained through your state's website, but more likely you'll have to buy one online.