Tenants need to be held accountable for their actions, and the landlords need to establish clear expectations for behavior in the rental agreement. While most tenants are respectful and responsible, some do not follow the established rules and regulations. Before a landlord allows them to move in, it is important to establish ground rules.
Let’s go over the main things tenants shouldn’t do.
Substantial changes to the property
From a tenant's perspective, wanting to make changes to a property to make it feel like home is understandable. But from a landlord's point of view, allowing substantial changes can carry risks, such as decreased value or additional work to bring it back to its original state when the tenancy ends could be caused. Also, if the changes aren't to the liking of the next tenant, extra costs may be needed to bring the property back to their tenant demographic's standards. To avoid costs and ensure the property is returned to its original state, it's reasonable for landlords not to allow these changes.
Sublet the property
This one may be obvious, but many do not follow it properly. They should not sublet their unit, as it violates the terms of the leasing agreement and puts the landlord and other tenants at risk. By subletting, tenants can no longer control who is entering their unit and the state in which they are leaving it, making it difficult for the landlord to protect their own property or the property and safety of their other tenants. Furthermore, the landlord is less able to monitor the tenant’s activities and enforce the rules of the property. If the tenant is financially responsible for the unit, they could be liable for any damage done by the subtenant and suffer financial loss.
Tenants should not be allowed to disturb their neighbors by making too much noise or causing other disruption, as this would violate the privacy, peace, and comfort of other residents in the building, creating an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous living environment. Living in an apartment or rental home should not come with the burden of having to deal with noise or other disturbances caused by other tenants. The effects of excessive noise or disruption can be far-reaching, having an impact on neighboring residents, businesses, and other people in the community. Take the necessary steps to prevent tenant-caused disturbances in order to make sure everyone has the right to live in a safe and peaceful environment.
Use the property unlawfully
Tenants should not be allowed to use the property in an unlawful manner, not only because it would be against the law but because it could potentially cause harm to the property or other people in the area. This could include activities like drug use, vandalism, using the property for prostitution, or using the property for storing illegal goods. Landlords can encourage tenants to respect the law by having clear rules on their rental agreement, such as specifying that tenants are not allowed to visit the property for engaging in any illegal activities. They can also conduct periodic property inspections and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.
Keep pets without permission
Landlords should not be placed in an awkward position of managing and enforcing care for an animal they are not responsible for, as it could bring potential liabilities. Unauthorized pets could lead to disturbances for other tenants, damage to property, disease, and infestations, as well as a less desirable living environment due to noise, odor and pest problems. For this reason, landlords must maintain control over who is allowed to have pets on the premises and not permit tenants to keep pets without permission.
Pay rent late
Tenants should not pay rent late for many reasons. It's usually a breach of their lease and can lead to late fees and eviction. It can damage their credit score and if the landlord has a mortgage, their lateness could cause them financial hardship. It also causes tension between tenant and landlord and can put a strain on the landlord's business. The rental obligation should be taken seriously by both parties to avoid inconveniences.
Tenants should be aware of the prohibitions that can be enforced by their landlords and follow the rules and regulations set forth to ensure a peaceful living experience. Taking the time to understand which activities are prohibited will help tenants maintain a healthy and respectful relationship with their landlord.
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