I Don’t Care for Upfront Deals with Tenants Prior to Move In


This morning I went out and met a prospective tenant at one of my rental houses. They were are a very nice family and their parents came to look at the house also.  They had a lot of good questions for me.  We have agreed that they are going to rent the home.

The tenant of 7 years moved out of the home a couple of weeks ago.  They left the home in impeccable condition, just normal wear and tear. Since my husband had been out of town on business, he hasn’t gotten over to the house to take an inventory of what needs to be done prior to a new tenant move in.  There are a couple of rooms that could use a quick coat of paint. 

The prospective tenant asked if they could paint the home prior to move in.  I know alot of landlords that allow this.  I prefer to give a tenant a property upon move in, in the condition that we expect to get it the property back in. 

We expect tenants of a couple of years to return a property in nearly move in condition.  As time progresses, and they’ve been with us for an extended period of time, I know there are going to be items that need to be addressed by us, plus there is normal wear and tear on the property.  I like to turn the key over to a new tenant with the house 100% complete upon move in. 

I don’t like to make arraangements with new tenants for them to paint or do any type of work before they move in.  I really just don’t care for this.  I have seen landlords get their house back a year or two years later, without the paint ever being touched or the agreed upon repair work having been done.  My feeling is that let’s make sure we get started on the right foot on day one.

Now, after they’ve been there for a couple of years and they ask if they can paint, I am more than happy to go ahead and supply the paint to the tenant and let them paint to their heart’s content.

This article is authored by

Sandy Shores Realtor, Melbourne FL Real Estate

Brevard County Real Estate & Investing

Palm Bay Florida Real Estate News


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