Renters are loud and rude! Grrr
January 13, 2010 2:57 PM Subscribe
Renters in our condo are loud and obnoxious to their neighbors. Well, one of them is. Their lease is up for renewal. Should we?
posted by Spyder's Game to Home & Garden (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We started renting our condo (in a 36 unit building) almost exactly a year ago to three people who were not long out of college. Six months later, we got an irate call from one of our neighbors at 1:30am (we didn't even hear our phone and didn't get his message until the next morning) that our tenants were having a loud party and he couldn't sleep.
We talked to our management company and they said we should fine them and make sure neighbors in the future immediately called the police for infractions like this. Five months go by and everything seems fine.
Another irate call. Same neighbor. 2am. Saying our tenants were in mid-party and have been "completely out of control," "trainwrecks," disruptive and consistently rude to their fellow neighbors. We contacted the building's management to see if this had been an ongoing problem. It seems that it wasn't quite that extreme but the other neighbors would love to not have the lease renewed.
We had toyed with renewing the lease (if we do, we will definitely do it on a month by month basis to allow ourselves to make a move if need be) and raising the rent. Then, if at the end of a year there were no further complaints, refunding that rent (in the form of a discount off the last months rent.
One last wrinkle - That last part would've been a good plan, but it turns out that really, only ONE of the three roommates (A) is the problem. He is the one that has been cussing out neighbors and drinking and playing loud music late into the night. The other two seem pretty horrified. (A) comes from a wealthy family who fund most of his life. The rent increase would only hurt the other two and give them more incentive to move out, leaving him there.
This is our first foray into landlording. These kids aren't cooking up meth in the kitchen, or selling drugs, or running a prostitution ring out of the condo. But they are being disruptive and rude to neighbors in a building that we lived in for many years, and enjoyed the company of the neighbors. It weighs pretty heavily on us that their lives are being disrupted by our renters.
Some possibly relevant details...the condo is on the 3rd floor. It would cost us a good chunk of change (close to $4000 IF we get a renter in right away) to not renew their lease and find other tenants. The lease is up at the end of this month. I think we have to give them 30 days anyway. Also, there's no guarantee that the next tenants will be any better.
Sorry this is so long. My question is this: What should we do? Can you think of any other way we can get these (or this guy) tenants to respect their neighbors? I thought the no complaints for a year=refunded money was a good plan, but looks like it might not work. Any other solutions like that? Thanks in advance for your input.