Suspicious that tenants are smoking in your rental property? In addition to being a major fire hazard, undoing the effects of smoking inside can come with a big price tag when you’re ready to re-lease or sell the house.
Consistent smoke inside a house will cause damage to the walls, carpet, furniture, and even some of the appliances. It’ll fog glass, leave a dingy, sticky residue on walls, cabinets, and door knobs, and create a stubborn smell that’s nearly impossible to completely get rid of. Brown or orange smoke residue can even seep through fresh paint over time.
We’ve worked with a lot of homeowners in Metro Detroit who’ve had this problem, and although it’s not a good situation to be in, not all is lost. While smoke damage causes serious problems — and the longer it goes on, the worse it gets — there are solutions.
Double-Check Your Lease Agreement
Check to see whether your lease agreement specifies that the tenant is not allowed to smoke in the property. If it does, then it’ll be a lot easier to move forward with reprimanding your tenants or working to evict them. If it doesn’t, make sure to add a non-smoking clause into future lease agreements that spells out penalties and fees.
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 installing an awning or purchasing an outdoor heater as a compromise.
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
One way or another, to maintain the value of the home, you’ll need to get rid of the smoke damage. That probably means intensive cleaning of every surface, layers of Kilz primer and a new paint job (even on the ceilings), fresh flooring, and maybe even updated 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 Mitten Made Properties, we buy homes like yours as-is for cash and we can close in as little as 7 days. We’ll even help you deal with evicting the tenants! Give us a call at (248) 883-3340 to learn more.