Common Tenant Complaints and How to Handle Them

  • January 2, 2018
  • admin@ohi

Are you working in a property management service? It is certainly a tough job since it is your responsibility to solve all tenant complaints regarding the house. Handling tenant complaints in a right way are important since it helps you retain the client and ensure great service to prospects.

There can be a variety of complaints a tenant can have, and each complaint is going to be unique. How you resolve these complaints reflects how efficient is your service.

Following are 4 common tenant complaints and tips for dealing with difficult renters.

1. Noisy neighborhood

This is one of the most common tenant problems. Loud music, dogs barking at night, noisy fights, it all annoys the other tenants. Being in the profession of rental housing, it is somewhere your responsibility to resolve such issues.

How to Handle

It is not necessary for you to create conflicts between you and ‘noisy neighbors.’ You should explain the issue to other tenant and ask them to maintain no noise pollution. You can also try increasing insulation or installing soundproof carpeting. Still, if the problem continues, it is high time you ask the noisy tenant to quit or leave. But if the neighbor is not renting from you, you can always ask the tenant to have a polite conversation with neighbors about the problem.

2. Cleanliness

Tenants might have a complaint about litter made by other tenants or untidy surrounding.

How to Handle

If other tenants are responsible for not maintaining cleanliness in the surrounding, being the concerned person, you should ask them to keep the surrounding tidy. You should explain why surrounding should be kept clean and what hygiene should be taken care of. But if cleanliness complaint is regarding the property, you can try hiring sweepers, offer trash bins for every property.

3. Pet Problems

Tenants complaint regarding pets spreading litter, continuous noise, vicious animals is all common and needs a proper solution.

How to Handle

Being in rental housing, it is your responsibility to mention a claw regarding pets. If pets are allowed, you need to set certain rules that one tenant’s pet must not create any mess for other tenants.

4. Pest Problems

Insects and pest in the house create trouble for tenants.

How to Handle

First of all, investigate. If the property already had pest issues, then being in property management service, it is your responsibility to control the pest. Hire best pest control service provider and resolve the issue. But if the problem has started few months after the tenant has started using the property, you should ask the tenant to do pest control since tenant was responsible for pest attacks.

These are the 4 most common tenant complaints and a small guide on how to handle them. Every claim has a solution. It is important for you to understand the issue and offer correct solution. It is not at all mandatory to create conflicts and increase the problems. Instead, act professional and offer excellent services.


Tenant complaints, while often seen as challenges, are in reality opportunities for property managers and landlords to demonstrate their commitment to providing a positive living environment. Addressing common grievances, from maintenance issues to noise disturbances, not only ensures tenant satisfaction but also fosters trust and long-term relationships. By proactively handling complaints with empathy, responsiveness, and effective solutions, landlords can create a harmonious community and reduce tenant turnover. In the ever-evolving landscape of property management, understanding and addressing tenant concerns is paramount. Ultimately, a proactive and solution-oriented approach to handling tenant complaints is a testament to a landlord’s dedication to excellence and tenant well-being.

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