What should I do if my tenant ruins my home?


By GoldenWest Management

One of the WORST things to happen to an owner is when their tenant moves out and they discover that their former tenant has trashed their rental property.

Sadly, this problem is not uncommon and the key to success in dealing with a trashed rental property is following these steps.

Step #1 – Call the Police

The first thing to do in dealing with a trashed rental property is to call the police immediately. You will need to file a police report for intentional property destruction and start the legal process of going after the individuals who have ruined your rental property.

Step #2 – Take Pictures and Video of Everything

After filing a police report, the next thing you should do is take pictures and video of the damage. This step is important because, should you take your former tenant to small claims court you will be able to present evidence of the damage they caused.

Step #3 – Stop All Verbal Communication with Your Former Tenant

Although you might be tempted to call or email your former tenant about the damage they caused, you should stop all verbal communication and only communicate with them in writing. Why? Communicating with your former tenant in writing creates a paper trail, helps you to avoid saying the wrong things, and thoroughly documents a timeline of the incidents occurred.

Step #4 – Get Legal Representation

Besides following the steps mentioned above in this article, the most important thing you should do is hire a lawyer.

Having proper legal representation on your side will save you the time, money, and hassle of making poor legal decisions. You really can’t afford to not have an attorney representing your best interests during this process.

Step #5 – Before Renting Again, Hire A Property Manager

At GoldenWest Management we feel for any landlord who has gone through the process of finding out that their tenant trashed their rental property.

We specialize in full-service property management so landlords don’t have to spend their time managing their rental property themselves.

To learn more about the services we can offer you contact us today by calling (866) 545-5303 or click here to connect with us online.

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