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Non-Paying Tenants? No Longer an Issue

October 23rd, 2009

One of the major problems landlords face post credit crunch is the increasing number of non-paying tenants. Many landlords rely on this source of income to offset partially or wholly the mortgage repayments of the property that is being leased being forced to have them legally evicted (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers

In my article on “Landlord: Keys to Successful Rental Income (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers” I pointed out that one of the best ways to avoid non-paying tenants was to take pre-emptive measures such as screening candidates carefully weeding out those with unsuitable profiles.

There is now a helpful website available that lists non-paying tenants nationwide: Fichero de Inquilinos Morosos (http://www NULL.fimiberica (FIM). For a reasonable fee of only 9,95€ you will be able to search –in English- if your prospective tenant has actually defaulted previously on a Tenancy Agreement. As pointed out in my article, there are professional defaulting tenants that roam the country in search of their next victim, preying preferably on trustful non-residents. In hard times such as these, many struggling landlords cannot endure the hardship of a financial leach that eagerly exploits Tenancy laws shortcomings.

This website’s database is continuously updated with the input provided by both eviction rulings as well as by other users’ feedback. You can additionally include your own non-paying tenants in their list providing you comply and follow the online form’s instructions. Professional non-payers who’ve made a lifestyle out of it will have already been included in the list.

I think it is a useful tool that compliments nicely other tools such as rental insurance, rental bank guarantees, adding an arbitrage clause and screening out your prospective tenants. This gizmo can be used only for those candidates who’ve made it to the top of your screening list. You might as well spend a few dozen Euros now rather than having to fork out thousands at a later date. Better safe than sorry.

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Landlords Afraid of non-Paying Tenants Take Pre-Emptive Measures

September 16th, 2008

As read on the Sur newspaper (http://www NULL.diariosur NULL.html), more than 9,000 landlords have adopted in their tenancy contracts the Arbitrage System which allows eviction associated costs to be cut down significantly. Malaga is the Andalousian province in which this practice has been most successful. More than 8.980 Tenancy Agreements uphold the arbitrage system should one of the parties breach the contract i.e. non-payment.

This system was created back in 2004 and allows to significantly reduce both the associated expenses as well as the necessary eviction time compared to a normal court procedure (which normally averages at least 10 months). However, this system only works if both parties, tenant and landlord, abide the mandatory Arbitral Award something which does not always happen as non-paying tenants may only buying time with no real intention of paying the arrears.

The Arbitral Court guarantees that the case will be examined within 30 days, often even less. The main advantage would be the swiftness in which the arbitral award is obtained. This is particular important in cases in which the landlord offsets the rent against his mortgage repayments.

To apply for it is only necessary to request it in one of the 120 real estate agencies of Malaga province which are homologated by the Arbitral Court or simply including it as a clause in the Tenancy agreement waiving the ordinary court procedure. It only costs 42 Euros plus a further 300 Euros in case of a protracted conflict. A normal court procedure would have an average cost of at least 2.300 Euros. The second advantage would be the considerable amount of money it saves the landlord.

Another option available to the Landlord is to hire a Rental Insurance which cover the event of the tenant defaulting until he is effectively vacated from the property. These insurance companies will request the tenants’ payslips to ascertain their financial ability.

More information on the subject can be found on our article Landlord: Keys to Successful Rental Income (http://www NULL.marbella-lawyers

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