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Can a Georgetown Landlord be Sued for a Renter’s Negligence?

As a landlord, it can be burdensome to know when a tenant’s negligence might leave you in hot water. When they signed the lease, hopefully, your renter agreed to keep your Georgetown rental home clean and properly maintained and to refrain from illegal activities. Not all tenants will fulfill the terms in the lease and troubling matters that occur on the place can speedily morph into bigger problems for you.

Granted you are not held responsible for the illicit works your renter may do, if you find out that your rental home is being used to conduct business, and your owners’ association does not allow this activity, your neighbors could hold you accountable. The impact of any legal action taken against you will, in all likelihood, rely on two things: how much you knew about the problem (and when), and whether or not you took steps to stop it.

How and When You Knew

In certain instances, tenants are pretty good at hiding shady activities from their landlords. Hence, if you do determine something questionable is ensuing on your rental house, it is relevant to do something about it at once. In some regions, if your renter does something dangerous or illegal as a result of ongoing activities of which you were aware, you could be held liable in court. As for instance, if you knew one of your tenants was using your rental home as a daycare and one of your renter’s or their clients hurt someone, themselves, or damaged personal property, the court could be more likely to hold you liable for any damages.

The Slippery Slope of “Should”

Sometimes, the question of whether or not you “should” get a sense about a renter’s illicit activities may emerge. As an illustration, if you learn your tenant is self-employed before you provide them a lease, there is a bit of confusion pertaining whether or not that signifies that you should have deemed they would be running that business in the rental place. On top of that, if your renter had been evicted for loud parties in the past, you may be held accountable since you should have checked with their previous landlord about it. Admittedly, if you’ve done due diligence and didn’t identify any indication of previous troubles, that will add to your prospects of avoiding liability.

Addressing the Problem

It is all the time right to seriously consider any problems a renter may be making as soon as you ascertain about them. Except sometimes, a landlord has inadequate expertise to exactly mend the issue. If a tenant is creating a nuisance for the neighbors but hasn’t actually broken the terms of the lease, you can’t be held responsible for failing to evict them. In order to be liable, you need to have the power to exactly do what you can about the thing. Of course, on the other note, is that just in case your lease ascertains that you don’t tolerate loud, noisy parties or business undertakings and you don’t make a move, you are most likely on the hook in a lawsuit.

In Conclusion

The specific terms and language used in the lease is an important first step toward holding your tenants accountable for any nuisance or illicit activities. At the same moment, taking the most straightforward and right action is also crucial to securing yourself from being sued by enraged neighbors. Screening your renters meticulously is a real vital matter of defending yourself against any uncalled-for legal concern, as is implementing constant property evaluations. At Real Property Management LoneStar, we make all of this for our Georgetown property owners – and more. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-520-9060 or our Dallas office at 972-949-2000 for more information.

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