I have a tenant that lives in my basement apartment. He moved in December 1 and so far has paid all rent on time and in full. He is the third tenant I’ve had in the past 5 years. I’ve never had any issues with my tenants until now.
The apartment isn’t huge and is for one person. I’ve maintained that because I pay the utilities. When I was advertsing for my most recent tenant I turned couples down.
This fellow paid and seems/seemed reasonable. However, since the minute he’s moved in, I could hear a woman’s voice from downstairs. A couple of times when I came home, I could smell cigarette smoke. I don’t allow smoking in the house. When I smoked, I went outside. I make this known before anyone signs a lease agreement. He said he didn’t smoke.
I saw him outside smoking one day and went out to mention the smell from the house and to reiterate the no smoking in the house rule. There was some skanky looking chick squatting on the ground by the back door smoking. I asked if she was living there. She said she’s my tenants girlfriend/wife. I asked again if she’s living here. My tenant said he was going to ask about her moving in. I said, no she couldn’t. It’s a one person apartment. Since this was two weeks after he moved in, he clearly had no intention of mentioning it and only did because I brought it up. His name is the only one on the lease and she was never mentioned. I found that very sneaky and passive aggressive. Plus he said the smoke was from a lit candle.
I’m pretty sensitive about this because this is my home where I live with my children and I feel like I’ve been lied to. Plus she is using utilities and costing me more money. I told my tenent, if she continues to stay, I would have to revisit the rent he pays.
I live in a nice home in a nice neighbourhood and suddenly there is this fucked up looking chick smoking in my back yard and hanging around looking like a mental patient.
Before I sound like a psycho myself, I don’t try to control my tenants and their guests. I’ve never had any issues in 5 years but she is clearly living here.
Am I over reacting? Does anyone else have tenants who can offer advice?
Or is this all just creatine rage??? haha