If you’re a landlord that has at any point dealt with frustrating tenants you’re definitely not alone. Many property owners find out the hard way that they have problem tenants in one of their rental properties, and often times don’t have a plan in place for effectively dealing with a problematic situation. In this article, we’re sharing 4 ways to deal with a problem tenant in Vancouver B.C. and in the lower mainland of B.C.
If you happen to own even just one rental property, chances are that sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with a problematic tenant in one of your properties, if you haven’t already. Maybe they’ve done damage to the property or they consistently miss paying their rent on time, maybe are constantly getting complaints from the neighbours, or maybe they just call you for every little problem they might have no matter how small. Regardless of the situation, having a problem tenant in your property can be stressful and frustrating to say the least. Here are 4 ways to deal with a problem tenant in Vancouver B.C. when it happens it to you.
Try to reason or negotiate with your tenants
Whatever the situation do not shy away, the sooner you step up and address the situation the better. First approach might be to calmly reason with your tenants and explain that you’re providing them a valuable service which needs to be respected, and that lack of respect could result in the loss of their privileges to that service. If you’re not sure of who you’re dealing with sometimes it’s best to give the benefit of doubt that your tenants might just be ignorant to the fact that they’re inconveniencing you, or maybe they’re not paying because their unique situation might benefit from a different payment schedule (such as weekly instead of monthly). Find out all you can about the situation before you take any potentially major action.
Evict your tenants
If you’ve already tried to be reasonable and forgiving with your tenants, but it just isn’t working out, you can threaten eviction or just go ahead and start the process. Make sure you’re fully up to date on your local landlord-tenancy laws and go about the process in the appropriate manner. The eviction process can be lengthy, frustrating and even legally complicated but it’s a good option in a bad situation. In many areas the laws often favour tenants over landlords so you might have a stressful and time consuming battle, but in the end it will be worth the effort to get them out of your property and be able to replace them with a more desirable tenant that doesn’t cause constant headaches.
Explore other legal options
In some situations, you may be able to explore other legal options, from suing your tenants to having the local sheriff go and physically remove them from the property. It all depends on the situation and the laws governing tenancy in your area. You’ll probably want to retain the services of a lawyer who specializes in this area, which will come at considerable expense, but the cost will more than likely be worth it if it allows you to get bad tenant out of your rental property and move on.
Sell your property
If your particular tenant situation is so bad that you just don’t want to deal with it anymore then you might want to consider selling your property. In fact, we’ve worked with a number of rental property owners who’ve sold to us because of the frustrations they’ve faced in dealing with problem tenants. Depending on who you sell to, you may not even need to evict your tenant first, in many cases we can take care of the difficult eviction process for you. As an example, for rental property owners that have a more personal relationship or history with their tenants, this can be an ideal solution.
If you want to just sell your rental property and finally get rid of the hassles and headaches, then get in touch and tell us about your situation so we can help you find a solution. Click here now to fill out the form or call our team at (604) 961-6765.