Property damages are unavoidable.
If you haven’t dealt with destruction just as yet, you’re bound to come across at least some throughout your career.
Some tenants just can’t resist the temptation to avoid harming your ceilings, closet doors, screens, and walls. Small scratches, scuffs, and holes may be caused due to carelessness.
For instance, a renter may ignore the walls while moving the furniture in or out of the house and end up scraping the wallpaper. Or perhaps, tenants might punch holes in the drywalls caused by kids roughhousing or a mishap that may have happened when someone swung their golf club or bat.
It wouldn’t really matter how or why a tenant may harm your rental property. Once caused, these damages are irreversible These damages can be quite costly and annoying to address and it is time we made you aware of the risks. Since you may be aware of the normal risk posed by tenants, Goodjuju are about to introduce you to some of the strangest risks.
1. Indoor Ziplines
As bizarre as this may sound, there are quite a few tenants who have a zipline installed in an apartment they didn’t own. While this may not be a common occurrence in playgrounds or the homes of some wealthy individuals, it is not a common occurrence among renters – since they aren’t allowed.
Unfortunately, there have been cases where landlords inspect vacant units only to discover the grotesque remains of ziplines that had been installed and later removed from the ceiling. There have also been cases where neighbors complain and get tenants evicted because of strange noises from their apartments.
2. Secret Closet Underneath the Floor
Another very weird way some renters managed to damage rental units was by designing a secret closet under the floor of their rental unit. Typically, these closets are built in bedrooms; however, it isn’t a common occurrence to find them in living rooms or kitchens as well.
Even though this activity is illegal, it might make sense in some cases. You see, some tenants believe that they will feel safe if they have a place to hide somewhere that cannot be easily accessed or is hidden from their standard rental unit. However, in the majority of the cases, these rooms are built to conduct a form of illegal activity.
3. Human Waste on Carpets
No landlord would like to deal with animal excrements on their carpet. Even though dog urine may be problematic, cat urine tends to be worse. This is so because the area produces a putrid smell even if it is cleaned by a professional.
However, if you’ve found urine on your apartment floor, it doesn’t necessarily have to be from a pet. Oftentimes, tenants also tend to leave their bodily fluids in the apartment when they are moving out. This is particularly common when it comes to older renters, whereas other renters have been known to do so intentionally before being evicted.
If you ever have to deal with this horrific scenario, your only option to remedy the problem would be to replace the carpet or padding itself.
Don’t like dealing with these messy problems? Nobody does. If you’re planning on avoiding these problems in your rental property you can always delegate these tasks to your property manager or hire the right professionals for the task at hand.
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