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8 Things That Make You a Bad Tenant

Bixby Tenant Smoking a Cigarette in Her Rental HomeAre you an irresponsible tenant? We’ve listed eight things that might make you one if you’re not certain. Problems like getting evicted, having a withdrawn security deposit, or even being banned from ever renting again, are the effects of being a bad tenant. So, if you don’t want to deal with any of those repercussions, stay away from these activities!

  1. Not paying rent on time. This may be the essential concern that makes you an awful tenant. Your Bixby property manager has every right to start eviction proceedings against you if you’re late on your rent. Not just that, but struggling to pay your rent on time can endanger your credit score.
  2. Making too much noise or disturbing other tenants. Repeatedly causing noise or upsetting the rest of the tenants will give your landlord many complaints about you. The more complaints your landlord receives, the less likely your lease will be renewed when it comes up for renewal.
  3. Damaging the property or not taking care of it. Here is another typical characteristic of an irresponsible tenant. Damaging the property or neglecting to fix it, your landlord would need to spend money to repair it. This can cost them a lot of money, and they may decide to keep your security deposit or, worst-case scenario, evict you.
  4. Not reporting maintenance and repair issues. If you do not promptly report maintenance and repair issues, you risk costing your landlord a lot of money. You also run the risk of causing damage to your personal property in addition to the house (think water leaks that turn into a flood!). This is why it’s critical to inform your landlord of any problems as soon as possible.
  5. Having pets when you’re not supposed to. You could presume that your landlord will not notice if you have pets when you are not allowed to, but they will. If your lease expressly states that pets are not permitted, you are in violation of your lease terms and may be evicted from the property.
  6. Bringing in unauthorized guests. The same holds true for uninvited guests or residents. The landlord deserves to be aware of everyone who lives in your rental home, like family members who stay for extended periods of time, for liability reasons. Unauthorized guests may cause legal complications for you and your landlord if something goes wrong.
  7. Smoking inside or using drugs. Another common trait of a bad tenant is this. If your lease states that you are not permitted to smoke or use drugs inside, and you do so anyway, your landlord will be irritated, and you may be arrested (if the drugs are illegal) or evicted – or both.
  8. Ignore your lease terms. You might think that ignoring any of your lease terms, including the ones we’ve already reviewed, won’t make a difference in the short term. Nevertheless, your landlord will learn of it – and that will make them very displeased. Receiving a warning or even being evicted from the property may be the conclusion.

Make sure you don’t do these things now that you know how not to be a bad tenant! Earning yourself poor recommendations or getting blacklisted, make it harder (if not impossible) to rent another home, and that is the last thing you need. If you are in the market for a new rental home, browse our listings. We can help you find a quality rental home in Bixby.

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