When someone is a landlord, their tenants will have a much easier time if they have a specific list of tenant rules to follow. That way there will be no question about what is expected of them. These rules can be set down in the form of a rental agreement. Tenant rules are most commonly delineated in the form of a lease. It is best for everyone involved if the rules are stated clearly in a way that leaves no questions.
A tenant should enforce the rules fairly in a way that shows no favoritism toward anyone particular tenant. This means that if there is a no pets clause in your rental agreement or lease, this rule must pertain equally to all the tenants in the landlord’s building across the board. It will not be fair for the landlord to breach his own rental agreement or lease by allowing one tenant to have a pet and not allowing others to have a pet.
The landlord’s tenant rules should include provisions for when the rent is due and what will constitute it being considered late. This will discourage tenants from trying to pay their rent late. Some landlords will find that there are always a few tenants who will habitually try to pay their rent a few days late. If the landlord will assess a late payment fee, it should be clearly stated in the tenant rules.
The tenant rules should clearly state the policy regarding the landlord’s right of entry into the rental unit. In nearly every state, a landlord is required to give written notice of at least twenty-four hours before entering a tenant’s dwelling. This information should always be included in any rules that are set out with tenants to avoid any misunderstandings.
A landlord who is offering a furnished unit should clearly state what is considered to be part of the rental accommodation so that there are no misunderstandings when the tenant vacates the premises. This will also give the landlord legal recourse should the tenant take any of the landlord’s property with him or her when vacating.
The landlord should include information about how garbage should be removed from the unit in the tenant rules. Garbage disposal is one of the biggest headaches faced by most landlords. Any rules should clearly say how frequently garbage is to be removed and where it is to be placed for pickup by sanitation crews.
A landlord who has expectation about cleanliness should also include this in any tenant rules he or she draws up. Dirty dwellings are a hazard for the tenant inhabiting the unit and also for any other tenants in the building. Establishing guidelines about cleanliness will give a landlord a reason for eviction should the tenant violate those rules.
If the landlord is willing to allow cats in his or her unit but not dogs, this information must also be clearly stated in the tenant rules. A landlord might also choose to limit the size of a dog. If the landlord wants to include a rule about dogs being on a leash, this should also be included.