There are a lot of different types of people out there, with different personalities, quirks, attitudes, and opinions – and trust me, I think I’ve rented to them all. However, over the past seven years, there are certain character types I’ve learned to quickly run the other way from. These traits are not difficult to discover by doing a thorough tenant screening job, which is why I spent more than 5,000 words last year creating the Ultimate Guide to Tenant Screening. Go ahead – go check it out. We’ll be here when you get back!

Today I want to share with you some of these character traits so you can hopefully avoid these tenants at all costs. Hopefully this list of ten “fictitious but totally plausible” tenant types will give you a good idea of who you should be watching out for when renting out a property.

Let’s get started.

1.) Entitled Tim

Entitled Tim grew up as the baby in the family, so naturally expects the world to be handed to him on a platter. Tim expects the landlord to abide by his every wish because Entitled Tim deserves it. Before even becoming a tenant, he shows up to the property showing and immediately informs the landlord that the stove and fridge have been used before, so they will need to be replaced. Clearly, Entitled Tim deserves only brand new appliances, carpet, countertops, and paint.

Only the best for Entitled Tim, because the world owes it to him.

2.) Dirty Dan

Dirty Dan isn’t just dirty – he’s filthy and doesn’t care.

Not only is Dirty Dan dirty, but his kids Rotten Roger and Grimy Gale also contribute to the mess. Every wall in the home will soon be covered in an artistic collage of mud, crayon, and …read more