Handling difficult tenants can be awkward and unfamiliar territory for private landlords, especially if they are new to property letting or only let one property. The best defence is a good screening. Screen your tenants thoroughly in the beginning and you’ll help avoid issues later on. You may be anxious to let your property quickly, but in the long run you will save yourself time, money and distress by ensuring you get the right person from the start. However, if the problem gets out of hand it is best to seek professional help.