Mutual Landlord Headaches and Ways To Resolve Them

For property investors, a buy-to-let property is the most favourable strategy. Before executing other strategies, new investors often think it’s an easier choice. However, investing into a buy-to-let requires a lot of hard work. Apart from being a property investor, you now are also a landlord – which is a role that comes with a whole list of responsibilities and possible headaches. So how do you treat a headache? You take painkillers for relief. In this article, we’re giving you painkillers through some useful tips. “Finding a good tenant is like searching for the best avocado.”

Finding good renters  

In all honesty, if only it were as easy as marketing your property and renting it out by the ‘first-come-first-serve’ approach. Regrettably, it doesn’t work like this. Just like finding the best avocado, you need time and patience to find a good tenant that is right for you. What characteristics does an ideal tenant have? Firstly, you need to get someone who’ll be able to pay the rent on time. This person should also maintain your property well even in your absence, and they should just generally be decent. This sound easy, right? You would be surprised how many landlords get this step wrong. The best way to ensure you find the right person is to perform background checks (legally), get character references from previous landlords and definitely check their pay slips to establish their employment status.

Complex lease agreements

Obviously, you need to have a lease agreement ready when you hand over the keys of your property to your new tenant. Usually the mistake that investors and landlords make is setting up unclear lease agreements that don’t contain sufficient information. In this case, having basic information is not enough. Instead, you want to make sure that you cover all the details, from rent payment to maintenance projects such as plumbing. Once set up, get a legal professional to have a look at your agreement to give guidance and help you on what you should and shouldn’t include in your agreement. The purpose is so that your tenants don’t find gaps and take advantage of you. “In the lease agreement, set a safe date of the 2nd or first Friday of the new month.”

Getting rent money timely

Getting the rent on time is perhaps the biggest headache. When your tenant experiences trouble being paid their salary on time, it throws a curveball on your plans. For this reason, it will be a good idea to communicate openly and have a written agreement regarding month-to-month payments. Include, in your agreement, a payment condition that is accepted by you and your tenant. A majority of South Africans get their salaries between the 25th-31st of each month. For your peace of mind, assign a safe date of the 2nd or first Friday of each new month in the lease agreement. This sets an expectation for you and your tenant to follow and if there’s non-payment, the penalties need to be specified in the agreement. If you do discover that you’ll be losing out on rental income, have insurance to cover yourself. “What most investors do is partner up with a handyman and it’s their job to maintain and repair the property on a monthly basis.”

Continual repairs and maintenance

For long-term success, you need to run your rental like a business. This means getting involved to see that each employee and department is doing the work required of them. With your rental property, you also need to make sure that each aspect of the property is operative – electrical, plumbing etc. If you really prefer doing this yourself, then go for it. However, we advise you to partner up with a handyman who will help you. Working with a handyman is what most investors do. While investors work on their property businesses, the handyman is responsible for maintaining and repairing the property every month for a certain monthly fee. This is included in the rental fee and if there’s other specific work that needs to be done, the tenant foots the bill.

Bad-behaving tenants

They appeared to be the perfect tenants on paper and you were certain about accommodating them after meeting them. A few months down the line, you’ve been dealing with complaints from neighbours constantly calling you about the messy state of the property or noise levels. Even though the pre-screening process does help, human behaviour is unpredictable. If you ever find yourself in this pickle, get together with your tenants and talk about the problems. Alternatively, you can also contact the Rental Housing Tribunal, which is one of the resources assigned to help investors and landlords.

Anticipate a headache-free tenancy

Though rewarding, being a landlord can consume a lot of your energy – particularly if you’re new to the property space. For this reason, we provide new investors with an opportunity to learn from common mistakes and be off to a good start with their investing. Connect with us at our FREE property investment webinar, where you’ll be guided step-by-step on how to start your property business.


    Posted 26 Mar 2021 10:49 am 0Likes

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  • Sam Seremo
    Posted 26 Mar 2021 10:52 am 0Likes

    The article has been very informative indeed keep on capacitating us for as long as you could, thank a lot my brother. God Bless. I looking forward for this type of articles to keep coming.

    • Milan Milosevic
      Posted 1 Apr 2021 9:16 am 0Likes

      Hi Sam,

      Glad you love the content, more to come.

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    Posted 26 Mar 2021 11:15 am 0Likes

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      Posted 1 Apr 2021 9:15 am 0Likes

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  • Auther
    Posted 26 Mar 2021 12:17 pm 0Likes

    Thanks for the advice

    • Milan Milosevic
      Posted 1 Apr 2021 9:13 am 0Likes

      You are welcome Auther!

  • Maria Vilakazi
    Posted 26 Mar 2021 12:44 pm 0Likes

    Thanks for sharing this great information, I learnt something new. ie doing a behavioral background check, payslip check as proof of employment.Having a readily available handyman at a monthly fee included in the rental. Contract being checked by a professional for loopholes.

    • Milan Milosevic
      Posted 1 Apr 2021 9:13 am 0Likes

      Hi Maria,

      Yes! Essentially you need to protect yourself and your property in case unforseen happens.
      That why we have contracts in place.
      Letting agent can assist you with drafting the proper contract to protect your interests the best way.

      Best Regards,

  • Bukelwa
    Posted 26 Mar 2021 1:20 pm 0Likes

    Iam a new Landlord need guidance on lease agreement and house rules

  • Nodumo Portia Ndengezi
    Posted 26 Mar 2021 2:06 pm 0Likes

    Its informative and thus empowering. I’ ve attended the webinar, i m looking forward to attend the masterclass

    • Milan Milosevic
      Posted 1 Apr 2021 9:11 am 0Likes

      Hi Nodumo,

      We are so looking forward to having you there!

      Best Regards,
      Riches and Beyond Team

  • Mary
    Posted 28 Mar 2021 5:54 pm 0Likes

    Very interesting and i have learn a lot .although i dont have a property yet.
    It is eye opening. And todays webiner. I really want to buildwealth as i have being working for so long.but my pocket is still zero.
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    I am a creditors clerk.working for property management company.
    I think this is a good start.i just need funds to register for master’s. As soon as i am ready i am in.
    This is eye opening
    Thanks you for this teaching

    • Milan Milosevic
      Posted 1 Apr 2021 9:03 am 0Likes

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    Posted 9 Apr 2021 7:31 am 0Likes

    I would like to know more about getting a property without a capital

    • Milan Milosevic
      Posted 20 Apr 2021 3:42 pm 0Likes

      Hi Nothando,

      The best way to start is to attend one of our Free webinars where we cover several property investing strategies.
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  • Dion Bouguenon
    Posted 18 Apr 2021 2:27 pm 0Likes

    I very interesting read

    • Milan Milosevic
      Posted 20 Apr 2021 3:33 pm 0Likes

      Thank you Dion!

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