Theft and breakage in your rental, what to do?

Damage and theft can easily occur in your rental property, whether voluntary or accidental. So how can you prevent it?

1. The contract

First of all, you need to draw up a rental agreement. This should include the terms of your tenancy: 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 client, will enable you to react.

You should also make sure that an inventory of fixtures and fittings is drawn up on arrival and departure so that any problems, such as theft, can be identified straight away.

2. The security deposit

The security deposit is essential but not compulsory in your contract. This deposit is paid by the tenant before they move in. It amounts to 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 do not return the deposit in full, you will have to justify it. Note also that the tenant is entitled to ask you for all invoices relating to the repairs.

If, unfortunately, the damage is extensive and not covered in full by the security deposit, you must ask the tenant to reimburse you. If they refuse, take the matter to the local court as soon as possible.

To avoid all these problems, it is important to draw up a rental contract. It will save you a lot of trouble!