HOW TO DEAL WITH A TENANT VIOLATION OF RULES
If you are a landlord and dealing with a naughty tenant then you have a number of different options. If the tenant has violated the rules set out in the lease agreement such as by not paying their rent then you do have the choice to evict him. However, you might not want to. Eviction means that you need to go through the long process of finding someone new and if the problem is over something small and the violation is fixable, then you might look into alternative measures to coming to an agreement.
There are several problems that can arise with a tenant. Not paying the rent or constantly being late on the rent is a big issue for landlords and property managers and probably something you don't want to tolerate. After all, by not paying the rent, you are losing out on money. Even if the rent is three days late, this can throw you back if you are relying on this as an income.
Common Tenant Violations
Talking to your tenant about the problem is your best option. You might find out that your tenant has lost his job, has faced a medical emergency in his family or has to leave town for the funeral of a loved one and thus this is why he has not been communicative and problematic with the rent. If the circumstances are quite severe, a landlord may agree to negotiation to the lease agreements for a certain period of time. While you can evict someone for not paying the rent on time because he is overseas dealing with a dead relative, this is a pretty cold thing to do.
There are several other violations apart from rental problems. Throwing loud parties or having more than the allotted guests over can be a huge problem, especially if you are getting complaints from the neighbors around the person. This is definitely grounds for eviction. You might want to give him one warning and then, if the parties continue, out he goes. Most lease agreements should have a clause in place about throwing parties and how many guests are allowed over at one time. Make sure you include something like this when making up the lease agreement to protect you in these instances.
Another serious violation is bringing pets into a no pet house. This happens all the time. Many renters assume that a small animal, such as a cat or a little dog, will not even be seen by the landlord and thus it will not be a problem because he will never get caught. However, as a landlord, you need to be aware that this does happen more often than you might realize. You also need to be aware of it is happening right under your nose.
As a landlord you have a lot of responsibility. However, so does your tenant. You are in a partnership. You need to provide a comfortable, safe and hazard free living space complete with working appliances and electricity while your tenant must follow the lease agreement, pay rent on time and avoid violations of this agreement.
When looking on how to deal with a tenant violation of rights, the best option is to talk to him about it first. Hear his side of the story before you simply throw him out. In some cases there are so excuses, such as bringing a dog in when it is obvious it is a no pet household or being two months late on the rent. However, in other instances, the violation may not be so bad and it can be worked out between the two of you.