Landlords, especially in San Francisco, have been getting a bad rap recently. Well there are 2 sides to every coin.
This landlord (see right) met some nice folks from his church. He didn't vet them himself or thru a property management company. Guess what? They thrashed his place! And still wouldn't leave. It'll cost this guy $15k to get them out, minimum.
This landlord tenant attorney breaks it down:
Let me give you the profile of what I mean by a typical Professional Tenant. (This is a generalization based on my professional experience.)
Now the above may sound simply like a poor rental applicant, and maybe that's true. But the Professional Tenant will make a landlord's life miserable and cost them thousands in lost rent and legal fees. Here's what a Professional Tenant will do to a landlord.
- They have history of litigation, evictions and/or delinquency with prior landlords.
- They have a surprising (and dangerous) knowledge of local landlord-tenant law.
- They often have a background in real estate, engineering, contracting or law.
- They have marginal to poor credit, with a prior history of collections, judgments or bankruptcies.
- They have gaps in rental history.
- They have non-existent or incomplete prior landlord references.