Re: Boarding house blues - Posted by Brian,WI
Posted by Brian,WI on August 02, 2003 at 17:26:02:
As a former owner of 3 boarding houses, I’ll do my best to help.
First are you licensed for a boarding house(BH)? That could put a damper on things quick if the neighbors go to the city. If you are licensed that’s a good thing then.
How long have you been doing this? Don’t give up too quick if it hasn’t been that long.
What part of the city is your BH? This could be the problem with the bad tenants. Yes there are even those that never come off of a drunk or high, that still want a “nice” place to live. Even they don’t want to live in a War Zone.
The main thing you have to do with these types of rentals is be on top of things…be firm, but fair.
Check out the laws in your area. Here we have a very old lien law on the books for the “Keeper of a boarding/rooming house”, where the “Keeper” can take the property of the tenant AND/OR their guests if rent isn’t paid. That was my eviction process…“Here is a copy of the Lien law you got when you moved in. Your rent isn’t paid. I’ll be here tomorrow at Noon to take your property, OR you can be paid up by then, OR you can be moved out by then”. VERY IMPORTANT SO LISTEN…If you say you will be there at noon tomorrow to take their property…DO IT, let me repeat…DO IT! If you don’t they now control you. Your were firm, and even fair by giving them a few options to choose from.
If it’s not a rent problem, your rules should state eviction will occur if tenants break any laws, etc. (not that it’s enforcable, but it could work). Again going back to being fair and firm, when they move in let them know that if they bother you(unnecessary phone calls, etc), your manager(Have One), other tenants, or your building, “We are going to have problems”. If they don’t do any of that, you will get along fine together, otherwise it’s a different ballgame.
Let me know if I can help any more.