Real Estate U has compiled the Top 10 worst renters that every landlord should avoid!

1. The Zookeeper: This tenant has their agent show them 15 great places that don’t allow pets over the course of two weekends and just as they settle on one of the places and are ready to fill out the credit app, the tenant informs their agent that they have a new kitten (untrained), a snake, a bearded dragon and are in the process of fostering a rescue Rottweiler that was abandoned by its last family for biting the UPS driver.  No landlord will accept them as tenants.

2. The Party Promoter: This tenant has a great job and seems quiet and says they like living alone because they work long hours as an analyst.  The landlord chooses this tenant over other applicants who only have one or roommates.  During the first three weekends, the new tenant hosts loud parties that require police to intervene. The landlord is informed and starts the eviction process and also calls the tenant’s agent wanting a refund on the commission. 

3. The Storyteller: This tenant has credit problems but they also have a very good excuse (medical bills and a divorce).  The landlord feels sympathetic and because they like the tenant and agree to rent to them. However each month, when the rent is due, the tenants need more time to come up with the rent due to “unforeseen circumstances” ranging from emergency surgery, car repairs and employment problems.  The landlord accepts the late rent each month but swears that if it happens the next month then they will evict them. 

4. The Alarmist: This tenant calls the landlord for any small thing that happens.  If there is ONE ant in the kitchen, they expect the landlord to send someone over immediately.  If the kid in the adjacent unit practices his trombone while they are trying to nap, they will call the landlord to complain.  If the landlord doesn’t respond immediately, they call their agent who rented the apartment to them 7 months ago to ask them to intervene. 

5. The Innkeeper: These tenants negotiate a below market rent with the landlord based on the fact that they are a childless couple renting the large 5 bedroom house so there will be less wear and tear to the property.  Once the lease begins, the tenants immediately put the home on Airbnb and rent it out every day for triple the rent that they are paying.  When they are not renting it out, their friends and relatives stay there and park their cars all over the private road.   The neighbors complain to the landlord constantly about the excessive traffic in the neighborhood.

6. The Relative: This tenant is the cousin/sibling/niece/uncle of the landlord.  The landlord is not charging a security deposit because they are “family.”  Tenant does not feel that they need to pay on time because families should look out for each other.  When the landlord/relative tells them that they need to pay the rent on time next month, they remind the landlord that they never got paid for watching their dogs over the weekend three years ago and they should relax and that they’ll get their money soon.

8. The Hoarder: This tenant just got divorced and is moving from a 4 bedroom, 5,000 square foot home in back county Greenwich into a 1,500 square foot rental in Stamford.  They have stuffed as much furniture as they can into the new place and yet every weekend they go to Costco and buy items in bulk.  The only way to navigate through the apartment is through a tiny path in between piles of boxes. There is a cat that has been missing for a few weeks and it may be somewhere in the apartment.

9. The Busybody: This tenant works from home and seems to know everything that is going on with everyone in the building.  They say they hate gossip, but that is all they ever do.  They seem to appear out of nowhere when the neighbors are getting home and ask them “innocent” but prying questions.  They are the first to report to management if anybody does the slightest thing wrong and monitor the visitor parking spaces and handicap spots like it’s their job. Occasionally they have been caught looking through people’s trash to see who is recycling.

10. The Legal Eagle: This tenant reads the whole lease, marks it up and negotiates every line of it.   They believe that there is no such a thing as a “standard lease” and are hyper-aware of the landlord/tenant laws in their state. They love to share their rental knowledge with the landlord or anybody else who will listen. One they move in, they strategize constantly about how they can avoid paying rent and won’t hesitate to call the building department to report the landlord for the smallest oversight.