Have Your Tenants Been Smoking?

Suspicious that tenants are smoking in your property? 

Obviously, this can be a significant issue. The walls, rugs, furniture, and even some appliances will be damaged if you smoke within your home on a regular basis. It will fog glass, leave residue on walls, and leave a lingering odor that will be tough to remove.

We know… because we’ve worked with homeowners in Valrico, Florida who’ve had just this problem. 

Fortunately, all is not lost. 

While smoke damage causes serious problems — and the longer it goes on, the worse it gets — there are solutions. 

Here’s what we recommend…

Double-Check Your Lease Agreement — Check to see if your lease agreement states that smoking is not permitted inside the property. If it does, it will be much easier for you to proceed with reprimanding or evicting your tenants. But first, have a conversation with them.

Talk With Your Tenants — The best thing you can do is have an honest conversation with your tenants. Tell them that it’s obvious they’re smoking in the home because of the smell. And if your lease agreement forbids it, then mention that as well. Try to get them to understand where you’re coming from and you might be able to settle this problem civilly. 

Consider Eviction — If your tenants lie or disregard your demands, then it’s time to consider evicting them. You can either serve the eviction notice to them yourself or have someone else do it for you. 

Get Rid of Smoke Damage — You’ll have to get rid of the smoke damage one way or another if you want to keep the home’s worth. This most likely entails a fresh coat of paint, new flooring, and possibly even new appliances. 

Or Sell The Home As-Is — Maybe this all sounds like too much hassle and you’d rather just cut your losses and sell the home as-is for cash. At Hammock, we buy homes like yours as-is for cash and we can close in as little as two weeks. We’ll even help you deal with evicting the tenants! Give us a call at 813-324-3131 to learn more. 

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