Should You and Can You Turn Down Tenants?
A good tenant is like a diamond in the rough – they’re hard to find. So, when you find a great tenant, do everything in your power to make them want your space and stay there for a long time. Good tenants mean less headaches and problems for both landlords and property management companies.
The tenant search and screening process can be daunting. You may go through a lot of applicants. Or, you may receive little applicants at all. Should you jump at the first tenant to show interest just to fill the space and lose less money? Potentially, but it may not be the best idea. A bad or unreliable tenant could cause you a lot of problems.
As a landlord, or property management company, you can turn down tenants or refuse to rent to someone; however, there are legal reasons you can reject/turn away a potential tenant and then there are reasons that can get you in a lot of trouble.
For this article, our team at Quest Real Estate wanted to share with you reasons you can or cannot reject/turn own tenants for a property.
Reasons You Can or Cannot Turn Down Tenants for Your Property
You’re legally allowed to turn down a tenant/deny a rental application if…
- The prospective tenant does not make enough income to ensure he/she will be able to pay the monthly rent.
- The prospective tenant has poor credit, a history of late payments, debts in collections, evictions, etc.
- The prospective tenant is a smoker.
- The prospective tenant has pets; however, many no-pet buildings allow service animals to live with their owners per proper documentation.
- The prospective tenant has bad references that show he/she will not be a good addition to your property.
- You found a better prospective tenant who fits more nicely into your property.
Property management companies, like our team at Quest, know what is legally right and wrong when it comes to rejecting and picking tenants. We know the laws and process very well.
Now, like stated above, there are reasons you cannot reject a tenant. If you reject the tenant for any of the following reasons, you could get into trouble.
- Physical/mental disability
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Where or not there are children
Work with a Jacksonville Property Management Company
With the proper tenant-screening process in place, you will attract the right kind or tenant and not get into any legal issues. Our team knows how to screen and evaluate applications to keep you out of legal trouble and to secure good tenants in your property.
When you get several applicants, tenant rejections happen, so you will have to turn down people – we know how to o it the right an legal way.
As a Jacksonville property management company, we are effective, knowledgeable, and experienced at tenant placement. Our experts have more than 20 years of combined experience in providing tenant placement services.
We have an intimate knowledge of the local Jacksonville rental and sales markets and a commitment to making owners as successful as possible. We want to get you the best tenants with little headaches as possible.