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Signs That a Tenant is Bad News for Your Home 

A small wooden home with a for rent tag on it

A small wooden home with a for rent tag on it

Most tenants that you’ll come across will undoubtedly be clean, easy to work with, and respectful of your property. These tenants make the home rental business an easy one, and will make you feel at ease while they stay in your property. But there will always be bad tenants, and these tenants can cause headache after headache when they stay in your rental property. To avoid these headaches, ARP Rentals decided to compile a list of warning signs that you can reference when thinking about tenants for your home.

Refuses to Give the Previous Landlord’s Name or Address

If a potential tenant won’t give their previous landlord’s name and number, or “can’t remember”, that may not be a good sign. Most people at least know the name of their landlord, or can look it up quickly if asked. If your potential tenant can’t provide this information, it may mean they don’t want you to actually give them a call. This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, but it isn’t a good sign either.

Appearance as a Clue

The phrase “never judge a book by its cover” is definitely true, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the cover can often give you a few hints about the contents. If a potential tenant is constantly late, and chronically poorly-kept, then it may not inspire confidence in the way they take care of your home. Again, this is by no means a deal-breaker, but it should be a factor that you make a note of when making that final decision on who to bring in to your home. 

Can I Pay in Cash?

You may have come in contact with a tenant who insists on paying you in cash, even though you expressed numerous times that you would like checks or another form of deposit. Be wary of these tenants—often, there may be some illegal activity going on that they wouldn’t like any trace of. Steer clear of these tenants whenever you can, because it may be a sign of what will be going on in your home once they actually move in. 

The Serial Movers

Just like the can I pay in cash people, the frequent movers can also be a bad sign for your home, especially if they move often in the same area. Inspect these people very closely before giving them the keys to your home, because you may be the next place they bail on halfway through the lease. 

Do you guys do installments?

A tenant who can’t even pay the upfront costs to move in full probably can’t actually afford to live there. This won’t always be the case, but it is certainly more likely when they have money trouble for their very first payment. 

Renting Your Property Stressing You Out? Let ARP Rentals Handle It

Renting out your home, as you may know, can be a very stressful endeavor. Let ARP Rentals handle renting your home out to tenants, so you can live stress-free. We handle everything, like drafting professional lease agreements, collecting deposits and payments, and 24/7 maintenance, among many other services. All you have to do is sign up your home with us, and watch the money flow in. If this sounds good to you, contact us today to get your rental home on the market!

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