I’ve got an interesting problem going on with a tenant that I am unsure of how to handle. I’d like to hear some other peoples opinions on how they would handle this one. Here is some background on the situation.
Smaller park, only 16 lots, I have owned it now for 3 years, I did alot of improvements to the place as the prior owner just ran it down, this problem tenant helped quite a bit with these repairs, he has also helped me alot with my other business of flipping homes. 2 years ago he decides to go to trade school and quit working all together, he has since lived off of his student loans. Meanwhile 2 of his teenage daughters go on a baby making spree and suddenly there are 9 people living under his roof, he let his daughters boyfriends move in. Also there are now 2 vehicles parked in front of his house and 3 more in my overflow parking area. His yard is the worst in my park. When I question him on all the people living in his house he just gets defensive and says, “this is all we can afford” basically its because they are all too lazy to get a job. I realize now that I have played a part in creating this problem. He was kinda a pet tenant being that he has worked for me in the past and I let this go on for to long. What do you I recommend I do?
He’s what I’m thinking of doing. I have all month to month leases. I’m going to mail him a certified letter noting all the lease violations in place, such as a messy yard, too many vehicles, and to many adults living in the home. I’m going to give him 60 days to correct it all, if it is not corrected, I will then give him a notice stating that I will not be renewing the lease effective the end of the next month. I really don’t want to loose him as a tenant, he is good about getting his rent paid and he has another daughter living in the park with her husband.
Basically I don’t want to make huge waves here, but I have finally realized that this just can’t continue on as it has. I’m curious to hear what your recommendations are of both my problem and my proposed solution.