Whether deliberate or accidental, damage and theft can easily occur in your rental property. So how do you prevent them?

1. The contract

First of all, you need to draw up a rental contract. It must include the conditions of your rental: the price and a description of the premises with an inventory. You can also note the maximum number of occupants, whether or not smoking is allowed, and your pet policy.

In the event of problems, this contract, signed by you and the customer, will enable you to react.

It is also important to carry out a
inventory of fixtures
on arrival and departure, so that any problems, such as theft, can be dealt with immediately.

2. Security deposit

An essentialbut not obligatory part of your contract is the security deposit. This deposit is paid by the tenant before moving in. This amount is between 20% and 25% of the rental price and will enable you to repair any damage.

This is where the inventory of fixtures is important, because if you don’t return the deposit in full, you’ll have to justify it. Also note that the tenant is entitled to ask you for all invoices relating to the repairs.

If, unfortunately, the damage is significant and not covered in full by the security deposit, you must ask the tenant to reimburse you. If you are refused, take your case to the district court as soon as possible.

To avoid all these inconveniences, be sure to draw up a rental contract. It’ll save you a lot of trouble!