KEEPING YOUR LANDLORD HAPPY (PART 1)
Navigating the landlord-tenant relationship can be tricky at times, but landlords and renters shouldn’t have to perpetually be at odds with each other.
If landlords are conscientious of the customer service they provide and listen to tenant concerns, and if renters responsibly care for the property and pay rent on time, the landlord-tenant relationship can flourish into one of mutual respect and satisfaction.
The unfortunate reality is, that most renters are unknowingly damaging their landlord’s perception of renters without even realizing it. Having a good history with your landlord is vital to ensuring that your landlord will be more willing to assist you if you come across a rare late payment or simply need a good reference for a future rental. If you want a great relationship with your landlord, these 5 ways to keep your landlord happy are sure to do the trick.
AVOID WHITE LIES:
We all know that trust is key in any relationship, and that big lies are sure to damage that trust. And while big lies are sure to cause trouble–if not get you evicted–white lies can slowly erode your landlord’s confidence in you as well. It can be tempting as a renter to indulge in a few half-truths now-and-then, but saying things like “the check is in the mail” and “sure, we totally read that maintenance checklist you gave us!” can add up to some big issues in the future. White lies tend to add up fast and can give you the reputation of being a flake–at best.
PAY RENT ON TIME:
This one should be obvious, yet late rent is often the most pervasive problem landlords face from renters. Give your landlord a reason to love having you as a tenant and avoid costly late fees. Rental agreements specify the due date with most contracts having a 3-5 day “grace period.” Pay your rent on time, every time. It’s better early than late. Remember, a day or two late may not seem like a big deal, but your landlord likely has property expenses that need to be covered with the rent payments. If you come across extenuating circumstances be sure to inform your landlord as quickly as possible, they may be dependent on your rent to supplement the property’s mortgage.
KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN:
Exterior and interior cleanliness shows your landlord that you respect their house and your home. It also prevents against additional wear and tear due to layers of dirt or grime. Weekly cleaning tasks as well as, the occasional deep clean, are vital to ensure that your home stays in top shape. Not only will your landlord thank you for keeping the place clean, so will you!
GET ALONG WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS:
Good renters strive to be kind and respectful to those that live around them, and they know that (unless it’s written into the lease) it’s not the landlord’s responsibility to mediate between bad neighbors. While it’s important to notify the police if something illegal is occurring or you feel in danger, running to your landlord for every small issue will likely become very irritating. If you find that your neighbor plays loud music late at night, your best course of action is to be cordial and politely ask for a compromise. Sometimes a conversation is all it takes to resolve an issue.
AVOID HIDING HOUSEMATES:
Keep your landlord happy by following your lease agreement in full, and ensuring that anyone living on the property is there with your landlord’s permission. Having an uninvited guest stay permanently (without your landlord’s permission) is a sure-fire way to damage your relationship with your landlord. This is also true if your guest is a furry friend. Unauthorized pets are never a good idea, and can be cause for eviction. If you can’t live without a pet, be upfront prior to renting and ask if it’s a possibility, mitigate their concern by offering to pay a higher deposit and be aware of breed restrictions. For new roommates, ask if your landlord would be willing to allow a new person if they pass the same tenant screening you went through to stay at the rental.
Keeping your landlord happy is definitely in your best interests as a renter. Having a great relationship with your landlord can make your tenancy a breeze, and can put you first in line to keep your dream home when your lease is up for renewal.
Stay tuned for part 2 to find out the next 5 ways to keep your landlord happy, and how to shine like the dream tenant you can become.