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Truth #2: Never lease to a person that you could not evict if they fail to pay the rent

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Truth #2: Never lease to a person that you could not evict if they fail to pay the rent

Landlords often say, “I could never evict this tenant because she has three kids.” Another common reason a landlord might use to delay handling the unpleasant business is that he or she cannot evict a defaulting tenant because the tenant is a friend or family member. Do not kid yourself – this tenant is banking on the fact that the landlord will not evict due to that relationship. The landlord feels bad because the tenant wants the landlord to feel bad about enforcing the lease.

This is why you must keep your business and personal affairs completely separate. You should never rent to that friend or family member in the first place. If you would feel horrible evicting a tenant because she reminds you of your granddaughter, then do not rent to that person!

As long as you are not breaking the law regarding discrimination[1], you have a wide discretion regarding who you rent to. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you have to take the first person who calls about the property and seems like a decent person. You may have to evict a few existing tenants in this situation, but if you follow this advice from now, then you will never have to go through it again.

[1] In a nutshell, it is illegal for to treat tenants differently because of: race, color, or nationality; sex; religion; pregnancy; or disability. If you have questions about housing discrimination, feel free to contact me.


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