If you own a rental property but had a tenant trash it when they left then make sure you read this article because we’re addressing the all-too-common problem that landlords have when they say, “Help! My last tenant trashed my Stockton house!”
Do you own a rental property? Did you have a tenant leave it in less-than-perfect condition? It happens! In fact, it’s an experience that probably every landlord has faced at least once. If you looked at your empty rental property and said, “Help! My tenant trashed my Stockton house” then here are some things you can do about it…
Is it worth going after the tenant?
You need to first assess the damage and decide if it’s worth going after the tenant. Unfortunately, it usually isn’t worth the hassle because it may be a time consuming and even expensive effort to get a judgement let alone getting the tenant to pay you back. However, if the damage is significant enough, you may choose to do this.
Is it worth repairing the damage?
From holes in the walls to missing cabinets, water heaters, copper wire and toilets – we’ve heard and seen just about everything that you can imagine! Sometimes a little drywall and paint will fix the problem, in which case you may want to fix it up and rent it out again, and then just accept the inconvenience as the cost of doing business. However, if the damage is much more than that, 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 actually really 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 for you to make it a nice rental property again. Make sure you have a timeline all spelled out, though, to avoid them staying too long without a lot of work getting done.
You could sell the house to Me
Another option is to sell the house and move on from owning a frustrating rental property. However, be aware that if you try to sell the house on the open market, with a real estate agent you may have to fix it up first in order for the agent to list it. Another option is to sell privately to a house-buying team like ours. (We buy houses in as-is condition and we dont care about the condition).
To get a fair cash offer for your property, no matter what condition it’s in, just get in touch with us and we’ll give you a no-obligation offer and we can even buy your property from you fast. Click here now and fill out the form or call our office at (209) 481-7780 and we’ll get back to you right away.