Top 10 Memorable Quotes From Tenants and How You Should Respond being a landlord is not as easy as it seems. Especially when it comes to choosing the right tenant for your house. As somebody who have known a lot of landlords for so many years, I can honestly say that I have heard some of the most humorous questions a tenant could ever ask when it comes to renting.
With that said, I do know that tenants have the right to ask questions, especially if they feel strongly about it. As a landlord, it is your duty to handle these questions with dignity and respect for your (potential) tenant. Yes, no matter how ridiculous and insulting the question might be.
Here are some of those questions/quotes from actual tenants and how a landlord should respond.
Note: Although these are actual quotes, the tenants will remain anonymous.
Top 10 Memorable Quotes From Tenants and How You Should Respond
- Question: “If I back out of the lease agreement before I move-in, will I still be able to get my deposit back?”
- Answer: “Termination of the lease will be possible. However, you will lose your deposit, and will still be responsible for any rent due until a replacement tenant takes possession of the property.”
- Question: “Could you please use my security deposit to cover last month’s rent?”
- Answer: “Actually, according to the lease agreement we have both signed, you are required to make a rent payment. It is also stated there that you are not allowed to dictate how the deposit is used. If you are to use the deposit to cover your last month’s rent, then I wouldn’t have any security to cover any damages after you move out.”
- Quote: “I moved out because I do not like my roommate. Please send me my portion of the deposit.”
- Answer: “As a tenant, you are still responsible for rent even though you have moved out, I’m sorry but I will not return any portion of the security deposit until after the lease has ended. And even then, I will issue the deposit to all tenants.”
- Quote: “I would like to sign a one year lease only. And I will only sign if I can get out of it whenever I want.”
- Answer: “I am sorry, but what you are asking for is a month-to-month lease. Unfortunately, I do not offer that type of lease, and even if I was, it would still be more expensive for the tenant.”
- Question: “The lights in the bathroom are out, can you replace them?”
- Answer: “It is specifically stated in your lease that you are responsible for purchasing and replacing basic housing items under $50 in cost. This includes light bulbs, smoke detector batteries and such. If you need help installing them, just let me know.”
- Quote: “I removed the batteries of the smoke detector because it kept going off whenever we cooked.”
- Answer: “As a responsible tenant, you need to make sure that all smoke detectors are working properly. If you remove or disable a smoke detector, you can be held liable for any fire damage or personal injuries that could have been prevented if the detector was functioning properly.”
- Quote: “I didn’t need those things, so I just left it for the next tenants to use.”
- Answer: “Upon moving out, please remove all of your trash and belongings. If you do not remove all of your belongings when you move out, I will consider them abandoned and you will pay to have them removed. Thus, deducting the cost from your deposit.”
- Quote: “That hole in the wall falls under the ‘normal wear and tear'”
- Answer: “No, it doesn’t. Holes in the wall are never normal. As a responsible tenant, it is your duty to pay the cost to fix it. I will have my handyman take care of it, and will deduct the cost from your deposit.”
Now, that’s a way to answer these ridiculous questions. If you want more, let us know in the comment section below!