Investing in property is a great way to diversify your investments. It’s a popular option for people who want to make their money work harder for them and renting that property out is the natural next step. As every landlord knows, the risk of a bad tenant can be a nightmare. It isn’t just the figurative mess they create, it’s the literal mess they leave behind when they do go.
The Risk of Bad Renters
All types of risks come with bad tenants. One of the earliest alarms is late payments. A one-off might not be too concerning, but when it’s a common occurrence. The best course of action is to speak with the tenant and find out if there’s an issue and remind them when rent is due.
Another red flag is refusing access. While the property is the tenant’s home for the duration of their stay, a landlord will still require reasonable access for routine inspections of work. This is also an important part of ensuring there are no red flags within the living space. Most landlords carry out a six-month maintenance check so you should establish this in the tenancy agreement and stick to it from the outset. If they refuse access, it is cause for eviction.
Those are some of the most obvious risks, but the greater risk to your finances is what they might do before they go. Some bad tenants are messy and don’t take everything away when they move. For whatever reason, a lot of people will leave all of their furniture and rubbish. That leaves you holding the bag, and it’s something the security deposit you withhold might not cover.
An even greater risk is malicious damage. In some situations, tenants may intentionally damage the property. While you can deduct the cost of repair or replacements from their security deposit, handling those repairs takes time and effort. It means the property is without a renter for a longer period of time while you address the issues left behind by the previous tenants.
Potential damage includes broken toilet seats and tanks, pet urine or faeces, odours or stains throughout the flooring, broken blinds or windows, holes in walls, torn or ripped carpeting, gouged flooring, stained flooring, broken locks, damage from forced entry, and broken mirrors.
Clearing Out After Bad Renters Leave
There are steps you need to take, whether you evicted the bad tenants or they left voluntarily at the end of their tenancy. You might be dealing with a physical mess or a financial mess, but there are steps you can take.
Is your property in shambles after bad renters have moved out? You need professional help. The first step to dealing with a damaged property is to clear out all the mess. A rubbish removal company can uplift anything you want to be removed from the space, including old carpeting, furniture, mattresses, white goods, and garden waste.
Once the rubbish is removed, you can repair any damage to windows, doors, and walls. You should also take time to clean and sanitise the home’s surfaces, particularly saveable textiles.
Ensure all appliances and fixtures are working and in good order, and carry out any maintenance that the previous tenants may have blocked you from completing. Remember to tidy the yard, and hire a pest removal service if that’s an issue.
You don’t need to do any heavy lifting or hauling; leave that to the Cheapest Load of Rubbish team. You can provide us with a list of items to haul or point out which rooms should be gutted.
If your bad tenant was renting a commercial space and has abandoned their property, there’s a good chance you can sell some of the higher-value items and recoup some of your lost cash.
How Cheapest Load of Rubbish Can Help
We can sort through all the mess to determine whether there are items of value to sell (or donate). But more than that, we are equipped and trained to address messes of all sizes. And we aim to recycle as much as possible, so we won’t just uplift the rubbish and dump it at a landfill. We sort through it all to recycle where possible.
If you need rubbish removal in Sydney, Cheapest Load of Rubbish can help you clear out after bad renters have trashed your property. We are happy to send a team to uplift any rubbish, whether it’s furniture, appliances, or literal rubbish.
We are your friendly and efficient Sydney rubbish removal professionals. Get in touch with us today to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. Our team will arrive, assess your haul of rubbish, and provide you with a quote. If you want to proceed, we can start right away or schedule the uplift for a later date.