As a landlord, you hope that all your tenants and neighbors will get along throughout your tenant’s stay, but this is not always the case. There may be times that tenants feud with each other, which inevitably will involve you. However, your job as a landlord does not and should not ever require you to be the babysitter. There are, however, several things you can do if the situation arises where tenants are feuding.
Explain the Leases
If you discover that your tenants are feuding, be sure that all parties involved understand the lease agreement. The lease should cover what is allowed and not allowed on the property and, if the fight began over something like someone parking in the wrong spot, be sure to point these out. If one of the tenants refuses to comply with what is in the lease, you can then take the necessary steps, such as writing out a warning, to let them know the behavior will not be tolerated.
Direct Them to Call Appropriate Legal Entity
When tenants are feuding about personal matters, the only thing you can do is direct them to call the appropriate legal entity. For example, if one tenant is threatening another or one fears for their safety, direct them to call the police to document the behavior.
Eviction Process or Lease Renewal
If one tenant is causing a lack of harmony in your property, be sure that you document all behavior. When it comes time to renew their lease, you will then have documented all reasons why you will not be renewing the lease. However, if the behavior is one that continues and you cannot wait until their lease runs out, be sure to have all of the necessary information to start the eviction process.
No landlord wants to have tenants that do not get along. Unfortunately, it can happen from time to time. While you cannot babysit or be the mediator between them, you can be sure that your tenants have the proper information in front of them on what type of behaviors are acceptable on the property. At the very least, this may at least give them the incentive to coexist without arguing.