What to Do With Bad Tenants in Maryland

 

If you own a rental property then this is a great investment for you and your family. However, it only takes one bad tenant to make you regret ever buying this property in the first place. Bad tenants are usually the exception rather than the rule and so this may be something that you ever come across but if you do then you may find the following information helpful when dealing with these tenants.

Be Understanding of the Tenant’s Situation

Take time to listen to your tenants
Take time to listen to your tenants

Everyone can go through a tough time financially every now and then and so a little understanding may be all that is needed. If your tenant has always paid their rent on time then there is probably a genuine reason why they are not paying now. If you can be flexible until they are back on their feet then you will get the money that you are owed and get to keep a good tenant.

Be Fair But Firm

Being fair is important for a win-win solution
Being fair is important for a win-win solution

If you have done everything you can to try and help your tenant but they are still not paying then it might be time to say enough is enough. You will need to remind them what your policy is for collecting rent and that this will need to be stuck to. Unfortunately there are people that will use every excuse that they can to get out of paying the rent that they owe. Remember, you would want the same fair treatment if you were the one behind on payments.

Make A Record Of Every Interaction

All interactions with the tenant should be recorded as you never know when you will need these as evidence. Keep every text message and email that you have been sent by the tenant and that you have sent yourself. The time and date of every conversation should be recorded with brief notes about what was said. If the tenants have damaged the property then photos of this damage will also be very useful.

Hire A Property Manager

Hiring a Maryland property manager can help maintain a better tenant relationship
Hiring a Maryland property manager can help maintain a better tenant relationship

A property manager can help take the pain out of collecting rent but there are many other things that they will be able to help you with. They can advertise your property and screen potential tenants so that the risk of getting a bad tenant is reduced. They can also take care of any maintenance that may be needed on the property. If you have more than one rental property to manage then a property manager can be a very good investment.

Start The Maryland Eviction Process

If all other avenues have failed then you may have no choice but to start the eviction process. This can be a long process and the eviction procedure for starting this process will vary depending on which state you live in. You need to have a valid reason why you are asking the tenant to move and you will need to show that they have broken the lease in some way. The courts do not really want to make anyone homeless but they will side with you if you can show that you have done everything that you can. This is the main reason why it is so important that everything is documented. You will need to wait until the court order is granted before you can change the locks or remove the tenants possessions.