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Difficult tenant (by Randy [GA]) May 11, 2024 5:14 AM
       Difficult tenant (by Richard [MI]) May 11, 2024 6:49 AM
       Difficult tenant (by MC [PA]) May 11, 2024 7:11 AM
       Difficult tenant (by ken [NY]) May 11, 2024 8:23 AM
       Difficult tenant (by mapleaf18 [NY]) May 11, 2024 8:26 AM
       Difficult tenant (by Vee [OH]) May 11, 2024 8:49 AM
       Difficult tenant (by plenty [MO]) May 11, 2024 8:58 AM
       Difficult tenant (by DJ [VA]) May 11, 2024 10:43 AM
       Difficult tenant (by Jim [CA]) May 11, 2024 3:32 PM
       Difficult tenant (by 6x6 [TN]) May 11, 2024 8:07 PM
       Difficult tenant (by Allym [NJ]) May 11, 2024 10:36 PM
       Difficult tenant (by LisaFL [FL]) May 12, 2024 8:46 AM
       Difficult tenant (by zero [IN]) May 12, 2024 10:20 AM
       Difficult tenant (by Small potatoes [NY]) May 12, 2024 12:18 PM
       Difficult tenant (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 12, 2024 8:27 PM

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Difficult tenant (by Randy [GA]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 5:14 AM

I have a tenant that for whatever reason does not want me to go into her apartment. I usually go into tenants apartments to change out AC filters. Sometimes the tenants are home sometime not. This tenant says to just leave it at the door and she will change it. I want to put some AC drain condensate cleaning tablets in the air handler but she says itís not a good time. Iíve asked several times and she always blows me off. No idea why she doesnít want me to go in her apartment. My lease agreement states that I have the right to enter apartment to inspect. She has a ring camera and I donít want to go into the apt if she doesnít want me to. Itís clear to me she is playing some type of power trip game.

The lady is probably in her mid 60í and I can tell she has some mental issues. She takes a lot of medication for pain management, She has told me before she carries a firearm.

How would you handle this? Woke up at 3:00 this morning thinking about this. --50.96.xx.xxx

Difficult tenant (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 6:49 AM

Difficult tenants need to be evicted. --97.85.x.xx

Difficult tenant (by MC [PA]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 7:11 AM

Give her written notice that you will be in on X date and time. No playing around-follow through. Perhaps she doesn't want to be alone with so bring someone. People in general put filters in wrong. Maybe she likes her privacy or is hiding something. Or give her a notice to leave. I don't care what meds someone is on. If you are afraid of her, it is another reason to go OR ask for a police escort (but not tell her). I haver been afraid of my Ts, uncomfortable once in awhile but never afraid. You don't have to power trip back,just state when you will be there and do it.

Aldo's rules apply here. --73.230.xxx.xx

Difficult tenant (by ken [NY]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 8:23 AM

If she wont cooperate i would give her walking papers, chances are she doesnt want you inside to se the damage that is occuring --74.77.xx.xx

Difficult tenant (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 8:26 AM

Long ago I actually had a crazy LANDLADY late fifties/early sixties!! This was before NYS went totally militantly pro tenant back in the 80s. It was a duplex and she lived downstairs. She would "hear noises" in my apartment when my daughter and I were fast asleep. I worked A shift and my daughter had a daycare provider outside the home.

She would come banging on my door in the middle of the night screaming that I had someone up there making noise. I talked to another woman who had rented from her and she said she did the same thing to her. No one stayed there longer than a year.

Yep give her a drop dead date then file a lease violation notification or happy clause. --64.246.xxx.xx

Difficult tenant (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 8:49 AM

you should send a rent bill with the service fees for what the tenant wants to deny access - the court will like to hear you are trying to lower utilities costs by maintaining the equipment. --184.59.xxx.xx

Difficult tenant (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 8:58 AM

What is stated about, in force your paperwork. For me I've found it's not damage, bit sometimes an unauthorized pet/ animal or they just feel entitled and pose their privacy as their privilege as if they pay their rent leave me alone. --172.59.xxx.xx

Difficult tenant (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 10:43 AM

Clearly, the tenant is in charge rather than the landlord. This is a problem. The landlord must be able to maintain and protect the property. Follow whatever your lease says - calmly, professionally, matter-of-fact approach.

Below is a small section of my rental agreement with some ideas you may want to consider.

"B) Repairs/Maintenance:

_____ (initial) Tenant must promptly report to Landlord any item on the premises that needs repair or maintenance. If Tenant fails to report needed repairs or maintenance to Landlord as soon as it is discovered, and this failure to report causes more damage that could have been prevented if it was addressed promptly, then Tenant shall be responsible for the cost to repair such additional damage. (example: a leaking drain under a sink goes unreported and it causes the cabinet underneath to rot - Tenant will pay to repair the damage to the cabinet)

Repair or service requests must be submitted to Landlord in writing, A verbal request or voice-mail message is not sufficient, and must be followed up in writing. Requests may be made using Repair/Maintenance request form on Landlord's website. Within 72 hours of receiving the service request, Landlord or their agent will come to evaluate the problem & take steps to correct it as soon as possible.

Tenant will ensure all animals are safely contained, for the safety of workers and animals, at the time scheduled for maintenance/repair. Tenant does not need to be present for maintenance and repairs, but may be if desired. If desired, Tenant will make arrangements to be free when the maintenance/repair is scheduled, rather than expect Landlord/contractor to rearrange their schedule.

Landlord will be given a reasonable amount of time to make repairs or provide a remedy of the condition. Landlord does his best to make repairs promptly but Tenant must be patient - some things are out of Landlord's control. Tenant understands that all repairs take time, and there could be a need to wait for parts or contractor's schedules.

Periodic maintenance inspections will be performed by Landlord, to ensure the premises is being maintained in good condition. This inspection may include taking photos of the interior and exterior of the home to document its condition. When maintenance or repairs are needed, the work will be performed promptly by Landlord. When damage is caused by the actions or negligence of Tenant, authorized occupant, invitees, or guests, the cost of the damage repair will be billed to Tenant. Tenant agrees to pay the repair bill immediately, on or before the next rent due date as additional rent.

Access: Except in case of emergency (such as no heat during times of extreme cold, no AC during times of extreme heat, gas odor, sparks, smoke, running water, etc) or if it is impractical to do so, the landlord shall give the tenant 72 hours' notice of his intent to enter during reasonable times to perform routine maintenance or inspections that have not been requested by the tenant. If the tenant makes a request for maintenance or repair, the landlord is not required to provide notice to the tenant. In any case, all animals on the premises must be properly restrained by Tenant before the arrival of workers, therefore Landlord will attempt to give as much notice as possible.

_____ (initial) If Tenant refuses to allow lawful access to landlord or his agents for scheduled maintenance, inspection or repair the landlord may obtain injunctive relief to compel access, or terminate the rental agreement. Also, Tenant will pay to Landlord a trip fee of $50 in addition to whatever trip fee is charged by any contractor that was scheduled to do the maintenance or repair.

If locks were changed without consent of Landlord or without providing Landlord with a key, Landlord may enter forcibly without being liable for damage or unlawful entry. Tenant will be liable to pay for damages caused to gain entry, and for changing locks back at $50 per lock.

If Landlord responds to a repair request and it is found that the reason for the repair request was frivolous, Tenant will pay Landlord a trip fee of $50. (Frivolous means there is nothing broken or malfunctioning, and it was within Tenant's ability to rectify the situation, such as: GFCI circuit or circuit breaker tripped, something was unplugged or batteries removed, dirty air filter, disconnected utility service, etc.)"


Difficult tenant (by Jim [CA]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 3:32 PM

You get what you allow. You change the filter or my next tenant in this apartment will cooperate with me changing the filter. G --23.162.xx.xx

Difficult tenant (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 8:07 PM

Funny thing happens when the filters get too dirty. The units quite working. Ken is right as with others. --76.129.xxx.xx

Difficult tenant (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: May 11, 2024 10:36 PM

Probably spilled something on the rug. If she is paying and no trouble otherwise, I would drop it. Eventually she will need a repair. --173.61.xxx.xxx

Difficult tenant (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 8:46 AM

Give the required notice and do your maintenance/inspection. Do not take no for an answer. If she gives you pushback, tell her itís time for her to find another place to live because you donít tolerate tenants who interfere with your ability to service the property. --24.236.xx.xx

Difficult tenant (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 10:20 AM

Offer to sell her the place on the spot.

Explain that is the only way she will keep you from doing your job. --107.147.xx.xx

Difficult tenant (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 12:18 PM

Tell her you will not go in when she is not home and finish conversation w an appt for when she is home. If you go to that appt and she refuses entry give her notice to terminate the lease. It's not about an Air filter anymore. Conceding this ground to her will be the beginning of a downward trend. Nip it in the bud or terminate. She has forced this upon herself. You are not the bad guy --172.59.xxx.xxx

Difficult tenant (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 8:27 PM

So you believe someone has mental issues. You believe them to be on pain meds, you believe they are not cooperative and you have been informed that she is carrying a fire arm. You label her as a difficult tenant?

Have you asked yourself what could possibly go wrong and how much liability would I have if an issue develops say between tenants and I did nothing about it? If you are not willing to take the actions required to keep other tenants safe, why are you a landlord? --24.101.xxx.xxx

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