If you’ve ever tried to sell an apartment with a tenant in it, you already know what a challenge it can be. Tenants typically don’t take care of the place like the owner would, and it can feel like you’re at their mercy. Whether it’s the pile of dirty laundry, or the worn out couch, a messy tenant doesn’t have to sink your sale.
Here are four ways you can handle messy tenants and still get your client a sale.
1. Ask the seller to consider giving the tenant an incentive for keeping the place tidy. If your seller has a good relationship with the tenant and has given them notice that they will be selling, way in advance, some times it may be as simple as just asking them to be neater. Other tenants, simply don’t care, and will need an incentive. An incentive could be monetary, i.e. an extra $500 when they move out, or something more intangible, like a glowing reference for their next apartment (a good lease will require tenants to keep a place orderly).