Owning a Raleigh investment property is tough work. In addition to understanding the legalities of leasing and handling the property upkeep, you also have to make sure that every tenant is a responsible, respectful individual who won’t disturb the property or their neighbors. Unfortunately, this can be tricky to do in the best of circumstances, and when the tenants are the property owner’s friends, situations can quickly become murky. Below are some reasons why you should never rent to friends (or friends’ children).
Tenant-landlord relationships should be, first and foremost, professional. As the owner of a Raleigh rental property, you are responsible for setting the rules, and your tenants are responsible for following them. When you rent to a friend, you’ll find that the professional boundary gets muddled. Your pal might ask for leniency and special allowances that you wouldn’t grant another tenant, or take advantage of your relationship to ignore rules of the rental agreement. On your part, you will start to feel resentful and taken for granted, which leads us to our next point:
You probably like your friend a lot; after all, that’s why you decided to rent to them! However, renting to a friend starts you both down a path that leads to nothing but disaster. If you and your friend run into disagreements about the lease and the property, your entire friendship may suffer. Your friend may feel resentful that, despite your good relationship, you are refusing to cut them some slack; you may resent that they are taking advantage of your history to skirt the rules. At the end of the day, this can cause a serious rift that will last long after the lease period is over.
If your rental agreement states that no pets are allowed, and your buddy thinks you’ll be fine with his German Shepherd because you go way back, you’re the one who’s going to be left cleaning up the mess on the floor. Your friend can simply hop-skip to another property—hopefully one that’s less tolerant of his behavior—but as the landlord, you don’t have that option; you will either have to make repairs and restorations that his security deposit doesn’t cover (if he had one). Rather than run the risk of a ruined apartment and a ruined friendship, you’re better off adhering to one simple rule: no friends allowed.
Being a landlord is tough enough as it is; you don’t want to add to the pile by putting a couple of your closest friends under a roof that you manage. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools at your disposal to help you find responsible, clean, polite tenants. A Raleigh property management company such as Barker Realty can help you vet tenants, take care of their issues; manage their rental payments, and much more. To schedule a meeting with one of our incredible property managers, please click here.
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