A Checklist for Landlords In Between Tenants

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on March 9, 2011 under Landlord Paperwork and Forms, Landlord Tips | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

tenantscreeningblog, tenant screeningJust when a landlord thinks that business is quiet—or even under control—something unexpected happens. Like you receive notice that a tenant is moving out. If it’s a great tenant, you might feel a pang of regret; if not, perhaps you’ll hear a sigh of relief.

Either way, the minute you receive that notice is when the tenant transition begins.

  • Most leases require a 30- or 60-day notice when either party is intending to not renew. It’s a good idea to regularly review your lease expiration dates so you’re not surprised by a tenant’s notice. If you see one that will soon expire, go ahead and check in with your tenants to see if they’re planning on staying or leaving. The more time you have to prepare, the better.
  • Of course, you’ll want to begin the search for a qualified new tenant immediately. Start by advertising in all your usual places, and put signs up in the neighborhood and on the property.
  • Let the vacating tenant know you’ll be showing the rental unit to prospective new tenants. Try to be respectful of their time and privacy; but do insist on your rights to show the unit if they prove to be difficult about scheduling.
  • You might want to make an appointment with your tenant to take a quick look through the unit to determine any work that needs to be done after they move out. Be sure to explain that this visit is NOT a move-out inspection, which will be performed after the unit is empty. This is just a helpful way to plan any painting, repairs and upgrades that will need to be completed before the next tenant moves in.
  • Schedule the move-out inspection for moving day. Let your tenant know they’ll need time to move their belongings and clean the unit before you arrive. Remind them to pull out their move-in/move-out checklist to see what items you’ll be inspecting. Bring your copy of this document with you when you inspect.
  • Once the rental unit is empty, you should be ready to immediately begin painting, repairs, replacing fixtures or floor tiles, and any pest treatment or carpet cleaning that is needed.
  • Continue to show the property while repairs and painting are taking place. Remind prospective tenants that the unit will be completely ready for move-in day. Have photos available to show.

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