Waste Management ServiceAt one point or another, some landlords have found themselves abandoned by their tenants. If it’s a problematic lease, it may be welcome news. In some cases, it may come as a surprise. Whatever the reason, landlords must shift attention towards getting the property back in the market and back to making money in the least amount of time.

Confirm Abandonment

Before proceeding to clear up the property, first, take reasonable steps to confirm if abandonment has occurred and not just the tenant being on an extra long holiday. Reach out to the tenants through all modes available – by call, email, SMS, instant messaging and even social media to confirm and discuss if there are any outstanding lease payments due.

Inspect your property for items left behind and speak with the neighbors if they have observed the tenant moving out. You may also check with the Post Office if the tenant has filed a change in address.

Secure Property

After ascertaining that the tenant has indeed abandoned their lease, change the locks to secure your property from theft and damage. Chances are its been known that your property is vacated and may become a target for robbery or squatters which can become burdensome to deal with. Board up broken windows or entryways if any are present. Lastly, shut off all utilities to prevent incurring any more costs.

Clean Up and Clear Out

More often than not, tenants who walk out on their lease also leave behind heaps of rubbish and old furniture. No prospecting tenant will take a second look at a cluttered property while there are move-in ready options nearby. Clear up the rubbish, old unusable furniture and vegetation fast by contracting a waste skip for hire and some abled body crew to get the clean up done in a day or two.

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Refresh the Property

After clean-up is complete, your property may attract more attention if you refresh it with new a paint finish and some inviting landscaping. If some structural, electrical and plumbing problems arise, rectify it before listing the property in the market. Consider staging during open house dates with some sophisticated furniture and accessories to help would-be tenants picture themselves in your property.

Whatever circumstances that led to your property vacated by its tenant, work must be done immediately. By following this guide and bring a new tenant in before payments in utilities, property taxes and mortgage (if any) comes due.