If you own a rental property, read this article because we’re addressing the all-too-common problem that landlords have when they say, “Help! My last tenant trashed my Minneapolis St Paul house!”
Do you own renters? Are you renting a house, duplex, or small apartment in or around [market-city] and have had issues with tenants trashing your place? Did you have a tenant leave it with a frustrating amount of damage or for sure not clean? It happens! It’s an experience that probably every landlord has faced at least once with every property. If you looked at your empty rental property and said, “Help! My tenant trashed my Minneapolis St Paul house,” then here are some things you can do about it…
Is it worth going after the tenant?
You need first to assess the damage and decide if it’s worth going after the tenant. Make a list of all the repairs that need to be taken care of to bring it back to its original shape. Unfortunately, it all depends if and how much your security deposit was, you might not have enough to cover the damage. However, if the damage is significant enough, you may choose to try to track them down threw a forwarding address and got them to pay for your trashed house.
Is it worth repairing the damage?
From holes in the walls, broken windows, to missing toilets – we’ve heard of just about everything you can imagine! Most of the time, depending on how bad the tenants left the house, you need to do the repairs and bring it back to life. Usually, that means deep cleaning, repair all broken things, including windows, doors, towel bars, to name a few. It’s all about getting it fixed up and rent it out again, and then accept the inconvenience as the cost of doing business. However, if the damage is not worth repairing yourself, then you might be interested in a couple of other options:
You could rent your house to a handyman
One little-known option that is helpful is to find a handyman who wants to rent the house. In exchange for a discount on rent (or even free rent), they can fix up the house that your tenant trashed for you to make it a beautiful rental property again. Make sure you have a timeline noted on paper with everyone signing it. Also, have a cost if the work does not get completed by the date you agreed to. Doing that will help to avoid them staying too long without a lot of work getting done.
Somethings the damage is do bad that a city inspector may come in for a yearly inspection like the ones section 8 has, and write you up for a code violation in the city of Minneapolis St Paul. That’s right we have seen many times where an inspector for the city of Minneapolis drives around back looking for issues in houses that they can write up and make you do the repairs. Other times tenants call the inspectors out even if it was something they did to your house.
You could sell the house
In Minneapolis St Paul, many landlords get together and talk to each other about bad tenants. Their conversation always comes back to how their last tenant trashed my house. Misery wells company, but they still have a trashed house to deal with.
Another option is to sell the house as-is and move on from owning a frustrating rental property. Beware that selling your trashed [market-city] house the traditional way with an agent might cause you some more issues. Most agents are going to push to have you fix up the property again for listing it on the MLS. That’s going to take money and time that you might not want to invest in. Another option is to sell privately to a house-buying team like ours. (We buy tenant trashed Minneapolis St Paul houses in as-is condition, and we’ll fix them up ourselves).