Many of my clients know that I’m not only a Landlord Tenant Attorney, but an active Landlord in Massachusetts. Despite the fact that I’m only 30 years old I’ve been helping manage my family’s residential and real estate since I was 12. My duties over these past 18 years have stemmed from janitorial to maintenance to accounting to legal.
I’ve represented hundreds of Landlords in some pretty nasty evictions. Invariably my clients always ask me something along the lines of “If I’d only known this tenant was going to be so bad..what do you do to screen your tenants?”
My answer is consistent: You can never really know. The common metric landlords rely upon (credit-check) carries little weight in my book. I’ve often rented to people with great credit that have been the most terrible tenants. Likewise I’ve rented to some people that have had terrible credit and ended up being the best tenant.
With that established, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 warnings, based on my experience as a Landlord and Landlord Tenant Attorney, that you’re dealing with a bad tenant.