Reserve the right in the lease to approve any new occupants, and if possible require new occupants to undergo a tenant background check. Additionally, it may be best to add the new occupant to the lease, so all rights and responsibilities of the tenancy apply to the new resident.
Include provisions that hold the tenant accountable for their guests’ actions and any damage a guest may cause, so the tenant will be careful who they bring into the rental property.
Because laws vary from area to area, it is always a good idea to speak with your legal counsel first before you make changes to a lease agreement. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program provides a turnkey crime free lease addendum.
Preventing crime in rental properties begins when you first advertise a vacancy. Bolster your lease agreement by implementing these policies:
Consider participating in a local Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. Check with your local landlord association or police department for availability in your area. Display the Crime Free Certification in your leasing office, refer to it in rental ads, on business cards or in your leasing packet. The earlier a bad applicant sees that you are tough on crime, the more likely they will avoid the property.
Maintain the security features of your property, especially what can be seen from the curb. Let applicants know you put your money where your mouth is when it come to protecting the property from crime.
This article was written by Chris and originally published on tvslandlordblog