These are a few tips that I have picked up in the course of my work – signs that all is not well with your tenant
They start paying rent late
This is a sign that your tenants are struggling. Sometimes it can lead to total overwhelm, at which time they may just stop paying rent altogether, wait to be evicted, and hope that they will be re-housed by the local authority.
Sometimes you may be able to help them and save the situation, if you step in and offer some support. For example by suggesting they take in a lodger perhaps (if they have a spare room).
They start making complaints
There are two possibilities here. One is that they are ‘making up’ excuses not to pay rent. A sort of advance justification.
However bear in mind that they may be right, and the thing they are complaining about may be something you are supposed to deal with. In which case they may have a legal right to withhold rent and get it done themselves.
They refuse to speak to you
This is really bad news. If the rent stops being paid and your tenant is still being evasive, you need to move as swiftly as possible towards eviction. Otherwise you could lose a lot of money in unpaid rent.