If you have owned rental properties, you’ve probably dealt with situations where you’ve wanted to say “Help! My last tenant trashed my Chesapeake house!” These are common problems that many landlords just like yourself have dealt with at least once in the past.
Do you own a rental property (or many of them)? You probably have had situations where the tenants left it in less-than-perfect condition. It happens. You probably have looked at your property and have said: “Help! My tenant trashed my Chesapeake house”
Here are some good ideas on what you can do about it.
Is it worth going after the tenant?
In most cases, if the damage is not significant, it would not make sense to go after the ex-tenant. We do not recommend it, because it takes time and money to do that legally. We would say, keep your battles for a better cause! Inly if the damage is serious, then it will make sense to pursue legal action against the ex-tenant.
Is it worth repairing the damage?
The damages can vary, as you know, from holes in the walls to missing or broken sinks or doors. If the issues are small and cheaper to fix, by all means, go for it, but if the damages are more significant, you may want to consider one of these options:
You could rent your house to a handyman
A less-known tactic is to offer the house for rent to a handyman/contractor. Those people are not afraid of damaged houses (they do that for a living :)) So, for a reduced rent, and a specific timeframe, they can live there and fix your rental property. Just make sure you spell out the exact terms and conditions in your rental contract. This is a great way to fix up the property for future use as a rental, or sale on the retail market.
You could sell the house
The other option is to sell your property yourself, after fixing it up. Or, here is another way – sell it “as is” to an investor, like us. We buy houses in any condition, any area in Chesapeake or the surrounding areas. We would fix up the house and offer it to another family. Everybody wins.