Protecting Your House from the Terrors of Tenants

Protecting Your House from the Terrors of Tenants

Tenants can do an extraordinary amount of damage, and you don’t always know which tenants are going to be a chore. If you want to rent out your home, you need to protect it, first. Here’s how.

The Damage That Tenants Can Do

Have you ever had concrete poured down your drains? Copper wiring ripped out of your walls? Fish placed in your vents?

It might never happen to you… But it could.

Tenants can be malicious, especially if they’re being evicted. Tenants can also be negligent: a tenant can lead to thousands of dollars in plumbing expenses simply by flushing things they shouldn’t.

If you want to protect your investment, you need to be proactive.

First: Choose the Right Tenants

You can’t completely eliminate your risk by being picky, but it helps. Don’t skip calling references: it’s important. Run a credit check. Follow up with prior landlords. If a landlord refuses to say anything at all, well, that’s saying something. And make sure your tenants have renters insurance. You can (and should) require it as terms of your lease, so if anything does happen to your property, you can be compensated.

Get Landlord Insurance

Your regular homeowners policy doesn’t protect you from the risks involved with renting. You need a specific policy known as a landlords insurance policy. This is going to protect you from incidents in your home caused by tenants. But it will also protect you from associated issues, such as being without rental income while the concrete is being drilled out of your drains.

Like other home insurance properties, your landlords insurance will be based on the value of your home. So make sure you have a current appraisal and review your coverage limits.

Keep Up With Your Inspections

We get it: inspections are awkward and weird. Tenants hate them. Landlords hate them. But without regular tenant inspections, you’re not going to know about the above ground pool your tenants installed in your unfinished basement. At least, not until they’ve already moved out. Regular inspections are critical for catching problems before they become major issues. As long as you’re not too picky about cleanliness (who doesn’t have a few dirty dishes?), your tenants should be fine with them too.

Imagine the worst tenant horror story you’ve ever heard. Even that can be countered with the right insurance policy. Contact an independent insurance agent to get a quote today.


Do you have questions about your insurance? Find an insurance agent near you with our Agent Finder

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Search All Blogs

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Want to learn more about our blog writer?

Read more about KayLynn's background.

Click Here

Search All Blogs

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Five Man-Made Structures in the USA You Should See in Person

It is Difficult Not to Be Impressed When Visiting These Structures

8 Tips to Market Your Small Business on the Cheap

Read eight ideas that can help you get the name of your business in front of more people.

Staying Healthier: A Home Gym in the Space of a Closet

Motivation May Be a Factor But Lack of Space Should Not

Why Now is a Good Time to Compare Car Insurance Rates

The planets just may be aligning for you to get the best insurance rates you’ve qualified for in years. Read why.

Preventing Yourself From Becoming Insurance Poor

Getting the Most Out of Your Insurance Coverage

Name the Movie: 12 Memorable Lines

They are the Movie Quotes That May Live Forever

Staying Productive Working From Home

Working From Home Provides Challenges and Offers Rewards

Life Insurance For All Phases of Life

Why Life Insurance Should be a Part of Your Financial Future

Six Assumptions About Auto Insurance That Could Be Costing You $$$

You Know What They Say About Assumptions, Right?

Features that are Attracting Home Buyers Today

Making These Upgrades May Help You Sell Your Home Faster and For More

Leave a Comment