Los Angeles Property Management companies know about dealing with all kinds of unwanted visitors. From critters to fellow man. It’s only when guests become pests that it can be frustrating. Besides annoying the other renters that actually pay rent, a long term guest could be a liability if something was to happen because they didn’t sign to be in the lease.
Assess The Situation
Los Angeles Property Management companies deal with this situation in different ways but first, a Los Angeles Property Manager will assess the situation especially if they live at on site or happen to be there regularly, they’ll be able to see the tell tale signs that a unit has an extra person.
How To Tell
Los Angeles Property Management companies note that when guests get mail sent to your address and the name doesn’t match the mailbox, that’s definitely an indication that there’s an extra guest staying in that unit.
A Rise In Bills
The water bill goes way up. Los Angeles Property Management companies say there’s an easy way to ask a renter about extra tenants and approach them about the rise in utility costs. Do consider that it could be a plumbing issue, or an additional person. Either way it’s an easy segue to discuss and fix the issue with the tenant.
What To Do
Los Angeles Property Management companies add a clause in the rental agreement. The best way to avoid guests that overstay their welcome is to make it clear to what being a guest means in the lease. If living in a state that doesn’t have a clear definition for that, the Property Manager will make their own rules as long as they fall within tenant rights and guidelines.
Los Angeles Property Management companies say that any guest staying more than 14 days in any 6 month period would be considered a tenant, instead of a guest, and has to be added to the lease. A tenant is also considered somebody who stays in a unit more than 3 days a week and must be added into the lease agreement.
Los Angeles Property Managers note that you should specify up to how many people can live on the premises. Do look up the laws for your state because this will help preventing additional unwanted tenants.
Although adding a clause to the rental agreement is good for preventing a bad situation from popping up, Los Angeles Property Management companies know this might not help if already facing extra tenants. In order to avoid a long and costly eviction, do consider legally adding long term guests to the lease agreement.
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