Rental homes, whether you’re the owner or the tenant, will always come with a few complications. Renting out property in Florida is no exception, and will come with its own unique challenges. Florida is an incredibly fast-growing real estate market, and has come out of the pandemic very well. Still, for those thinking of investing in Florida’s booming rental market, here are a few of the most common tenant complaints to consider when thinking of your future tenants.

Most Common Tenant Complaints: Pests

To get the bad news out of the way first: Florida is the worst state for bug problems. Tenants will likely experience issues with ants, cockroaches, termites, and a host of other common household pests. And those are just the insects. Rodent infestations are a common problem throughout the state as well.

On a positive note, this can be a fairly easy problem to remedy. The best strategy is prevention. Many, if not all, pest control companies offer quarterly or monthly plans for treating the property and eliminating pests. If you as a homeowner invest in one of these options, your chances of tenant pest complaints will decrease dramatically.

Plumbing Issues

Plumbing issues are also another common tenant complaint. Tenants may not always catch an issue early enough to prevent a major fix, and the results can be devastating. A burst pipe is a potential plumbing issue that can have disastrous consequences for the property. Flooding and water damage can lead to mold growth, which can in turn become a very expensive repair. It’s smart to stop these issues before they can truly start by having your plumbing system regularly inspected.

Most Common Tenant Complaints: Appliances

As a landlord, you may choose to be responsible for furnishing your rental property with all of the common household appliances, such as a fridge, dishwasher, microwave, etc. While it’s tempting to buy the most economical options to stock your rental, consider the frequency of use and normal wear and tear as well. Consider what your policy will be with your tenants if an appliance is damaged or breaks, and have it laid out in your lease. Some owners may require their tenant to fix the issue, some feel handy enough to repair things themselves, while others opt for a regular maintenance service to be called.

Owning a rental property can be a lucrative investment, but one that will come with a few tenant complaints. As long as you’re prepared with a game plan for the most common issues and prepared to meet the challenge, your property investment is likely to succeed and provide you with a great supplementary income!

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The Southwest Florida Real Estate Investment Association is the leading source of SWFL real estate investing events that provide investment education and networking in southwest Florida. We analyze the housing market and foreclosures and provide information, education and networking events in order to build a network and knowledge base for investors and potential investors. Our members include real estate agent, brokers, investors, hedge fund managers, rehabbers, wholesalers and more.

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