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How Bans & Communication Make My Properties Desired Part 2

Updated on February 23, 2018

As A Landlord, You Make The Rules

Whether you are a landlord part or full time, being a landlord is not for the faint of heart or those who have trouble enforcing rules. These types of landlords will suffer losses and be forced to quit or they will have to change their approach and responses to those who cause problems.

Not all problems can be avoided but some can be. To avoid problems, clearly communicating what you will not allow is extremely important. It is your property and you do make the rules. If you advertise to the general public, you have more rules and laws to follow with regard to who you can and cannot refuse. I don't advertise to the general public and have more choice as to whom I rent to and who I don't. This is a personal choice for each owner with a variety of pros and cons.

It seems common that landlords are not well informed about their ability to ban certain activities. They and their residents suffer needless headaches because of it. Look into the laws in your area. You will certainly not find a law that gives smokers the right to foul the air in their neighbor's homes. You will not find laws that give dog owners the right to allow their dogs to run off leash and attack people or laws that allow owners to refuse to pick up poop. You will not find laws that give people the right to disturb the peace with loud music. Nor will you find any laws that require you to rent to these selfish and inconsiderate people.

As a landlord, it's your property and it's your choice as to what you allow in and on your property. When you make prompt paying tenants happy without the above hassles, you will likely find longer occupancy times making you happy as well.

Communication With Your Tenants Is Very Important

Communication can head off many issues before they ever occur.
Communication can head off many issues before they ever occur. | Source

Be Communicative

You must be communicative to ensure that rules, schedules, fees, maintenance and any other things that will affect your tenants are made clear to them. Preferably in written form though in some cases a phone call, a text or email will do. The more important your topic is, the more likely it is needed to be written down on paper and delivered or posted for your tenant(s). There is no need to go overboard, be succinct and clear whether you're scheduling a routine maintenance check of your property or having problems getting paid. Many times, confusion and problems occur when there is not clear communication as to what is needed and when. Avoid needless problems by being clear and communicative and your good tenants will be more likely to continue renting and recommend your properties to other good tenants.

Many Tenants Don't Want To Hear Loud Music

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Banning Loud Music In Cars And Properties

Whether from cars or inside a property, loud music causes tension and stress for many people just like hearing a barking dog does. Many arguments, police calls and even outright fights can be avoided if there are strictly enforced rules for this from the outset of the lease. In my days before becoming a landlord, this was yet another hated experience of mine. No matter how sweetly or kindly you request that music be turned down, many times people will refuse to do so and a large percentage choose to antagonize you by playing loud music more frequently or even turning it up louder. If more landlords clearly communicated and enforced rules and fines for this, this needless problem could make your property more desirable to prompt paying tenants of all ages and backgrounds who simply want peaceful enjoyment of their rental, something that you are required as a landlord to provide!

I found out the importance of enforced rules about loud music firsthand as a renter, long before I ever scraped together enough money to begin being a landlord. My personal experience made me vow not take this crap or allow it on my properties. My definition is clearly marked as music that can be heard 4' inside of the rental whether through a window or solid wall. The first offense is a fine of $150, the second offense is eviction. If police are called they use a Db meter and I have one as well to prove the issue.

As some of my tenants have said, I do not play and these same tenants have thanked me for this because their prior rentals were noisy and annoying. Of the two who have told me this, they have rented from me for years, always paid on time and have taken good care of my properties. A win for us all. There is also an entire apartment complex in my area that has about 300 units which has these exact same rules. Little surprise, our problems with loud music are practically nonexistent as are the problems and needless frustrations that come with it when compared to most other properties.

Some problems that come with loud music include stress to other residents. Any glance at any headlines today clearly shows that many people do not handle stress well. Needless stress such as being exposed to loud music when you're just trying to go about your life in peace can push folks to and over the edge. I read of a case in CA where over the course of six months a man repeatedly asked his neighbor to lower his music and the neighbor antagonized him by playing it louder and more frequently. He also rightfully complained to his landlord and police repeatedly. This went on with no one forcing the man playing the loud music to stop. Not even the landlord (IMO the slumlord). At the end of his rope and still locked into a lease, the man who wanted peace shot the loud music playing tenant to death, silencing him for once and all. Extreme example? Possibly. But the entire situation could have easily been avoided for ALL of the residents if the landlord had a spine and rules that he/she enforced.

No Tenant Wants Others To Harm Their Health Or Property

Banning smoking and vaping reduces the risk of fire, illegal drug use and tensions between residents due to smoking and vaping.
Banning smoking and vaping reduces the risk of fire, illegal drug use and tensions between residents due to smoking and vaping. | Source

Ban Smoking And Vaping

Banning these two is a hot topic and has been ever since the scientific proof of the harm that smoking causes was first revealed. When I was a young tenant, I did not like this because uninformed people who chose bad habits negated all of my efforts to maintain and improve my health and caused nuisances within my home despite me never doing anything of the sort to them. My stance on this has not changed since becoming a landlord. Now as a landlord, I refuse to allow these activities in and on my properties for a number of reasons including:

  • health concerns
  • reducing the possibility of fire
  • concerns about illegal drug use
  • other residents' rights to peaceful enjoyment of their property

Many people incorrectly believe that smoking cannot be banned but this is not true. It is your property and you can make the rules! Tenants should also know they have the right to breathe clean air as well. No one has the right to put toxic fumes into the air where rental properties are concerned. Further, we all have a right and basic biological need to breathe clean air. Banning smoking and vaping on your property is a smart choice that keeps your property free of these toxic chemicals and odors, allows everyone to breathe cleaner air and reduces fire risk. You do not want to lose a property due to an uninformed person's deadly habit of smoking or vaping. Insured or not, there will be some losses that cannot be recovered and the risk of people getting hurt due to a fire from smoking is simply one risk that you should not be willing to allow.

Happy Tenants = Happy Landlords

Because I make the effort to tap into frustrated tenants who don't want the expenses or permanence of home ownership, I help these renters live with less stress than they have experienced or will experience elsewhere. I know these frustrations due to my own bad experiences as a renter. Through thorough credit and background checks, I ensure that potential renters are not only who they say they are but can afford my rentals. We each provide the other with what is not only needed but what is desired. Peaceful enjoyment of property for the tenants and prompt paying renters for me, the landlord.

© 2018 H C Palting

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      H C Palting 

      9 months ago from East Coast

      I am so happy that you took your time to read this and comment. Some people dislike my rules but I make them very clear from the outset, weeding out most trouble makers from the start. A few people have said I am taking my pet peeves too far but there are a good number of prompt paying, good tenants who prove otherwise.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      9 months ago from Shelton

      I respect the by-law way of how you have written this hub and I understand and agree.. This article is a must read for land-owners or would be land owners..

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