Tips for a Healthy Landlord-Tenant Relationship

Having a good relationship with your landlord or tenant is important. There are many ways you can achieve a good relationship with your landlord or tenant; below are just a few good ways to get started.

 

Get it in writing

Any and all communications you have with your landlord should be in writing. This can be accomplished not only by getting signed documents from your landlord but also through email. Any maintenance requests should be in writing so that if they are not completed in a timely manner you have documentation of that.

Do a walk-through inspection

Upon move-in it is important to do a walk-through inspection with your landlord and get a copy of it. This will ensure that at the end of the lease you are not responsible for any damages that were preexisting.

Be on time

No one likes to receive payment late especially your landlord. Be on time with your rental payments, as well as any utility bills and it’s almost guaranteed you will have a good relationship with your landlord.

Submit accurate rental applications

Landlords are becoming increasingly tolerant of negative credit histories and rental histories. The catch here is to be completely honest! You will get more respect and have a better chance of renting with the landlord if you fully disclose any negative history to them.

Read your lease in full

Many people, especially first time tenants, do not take the time to read their lease in full. It is very important that you know what is to be expected of you for the duration of your lease and what you can expect from your landlord.

Be nice

It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for repairs and things of that nature to be done in a timely manner, however, to keep a good relationship with your landlord you should be nice when making requests.

Be respectful

Not only do landlords themselves like to be respected, but also it is always a good idea to respect the rental property and grounds as if they were your own. This will show your landlord you care about him and his property; and he should care for you and your property as well.

The information in this blog was summarized from Inman News.

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