As a tenant, you have the opportunity to make a massive difference to the way that you live if you simply work to get on with your landlord. Many people have tempestuous relationships with their landlord, and often end up doing a lot of the back and forth through letting agents as the relationship can be so poor.
In a bid to help you get around that problem, though, here are some useful tips that will show you to how to be a tenant your landlord will love. Positive relationships all-round matter, so how can you make sure you aren’t getting on their nerves?
How can you help to create harmony?
Making Life Easier for You & Your Landlord
- Pay On Time. We recommend trying to pay early, if you can, to get it out the way. If you cannot, though, make sure it’s on time. Even if you can only make up say 80-90% of the rent that month, give them that and then the rest as soon as you get it. Not all landlords are monsters if you are happy to meet them halfway with the money side of things. Problems happen, but at least make an effort to give them what they are due.
- Maintain the Property. A great way to make a landlord hate you is to make a mess of the place or break stuff that you don’t own. Make sure you take extremely good care of the landlords’ stuff. Do as you wish with all of your own stuff if you want, but take care of their stuff: it’s only fair and will make you someone the landlord actually has time for.
- Don’t Take Control. The last thing a landlord needs is to walk into your rental and see you have taken it upon yourself to change the entire look of the place. Make sure you ask the landlord for permission before you do any kind of change, even if it’s a mild cosmetic change. They need to change it back after you leave, so if they say no perhaps offer to pay for the restoration – if they still say no, accept it. It’s not out of spite.
- Keep it Secure. You owe it to your landlord to do all that you can to keep the property secure. Avoid all obvious stuff like hiding the keys in the plant pot, and use all security systems and options offered. A landlord is much more likely to enjoy having you around if you actually work with them to keep the place safe, instead of in spite of them.
- Help Out. The last thing that you should do is just expect them to do everything. Yes, you are not obligated to make changes to the property and yes they are expected to fix and maintain the place if something goes wrong. Don’t act like a stroppy customer demanding a refund if something breaks, though. Meet them half-way; offer to handle things you can do around the place and just, in general, try to make it easier for them to want to help you when the big problems do come knocking.
Keep all of the above in mind, and you are much more likely to enjoy a serene and satisfying experience that is much more like what you would expect. Meet them half-way; it can do wonders for making sure all parties can enjoy a satisfactory experience.