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Jul 19, 2019

How to be Every Landlord’s Favorite Tenant

You’ve found the apartment of your dreams and can’t wait to start moving in. It’s important to remember that the work doesn’t end once you’re offered the apartment. Tenant-landlord relationships come with their own unique challenges. Differing personalities and expectations can lead to tension and sometimes, in a worst-case-scenario, eviction. 

The good news is that simply by adhering to a few courtesies you can become every landlord’s dream tenant. Here are some tips on how to maintain a good relationship with your landlord:

Read the lease

This one goes on the top of the list! Take the time to read your lease so that you know what you’re agreeing to. It’s important that both parties are on the same page when entering into any kind of contract. This will help you catch potential problems before they happen and outline who is responsible for what. Make sure that any and all verbal agreements are also included in the lease. 

Get a copy of your lease

Once the papers are signed, be sure to get a signed copy of the lease. You’ll want this document should any issues arise in the future. 

Do not break the terms of your lease 

It’s important to follow the terms that you have both agreed to.  Breaking these terms will inevitably lead to conflict and possibly eviction. For instance, if your lease prohibits you from having a dog, it’s best not to sneak one in without your landlord’s permission. 

Pay your rent

This one seems obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Pay your rent and pay it on time to keep your landlord happy. Most landlords will outline strict payment terms within the lease.

Smile and be friendly 

Being friendly goes a long way. Every time you see your landlord, take the time to smile and say “hello.” This will keep your landlord in your corner. 

Keep it clean 

Stay up on your daily cleaning to keep your rental property ship-shape. Should your landlord ever need to drop by for repairs they will undoubtedly appreciate how well you’re taking care of their property 

Communication is Key

If you need something repaired, contact your landlord immediately, rather than waiting and allowing the issue to get worse or trying to fix something yourself. This will save headaches for both of you!

Leave on a high note

When it’s time to move on, make sure you’re leaving the rental in excellent condition. This will ensure you get your security deposit back and also leave a great impression, making it more likely that your landlord will be willing to give you a positive reference for future rentals. Also, if you have a reliable, responsible friend, consider recommending them to your landlord. 

Follow these tips to build and maintain a positive relationship with your landlord and be the best tenant you can be.

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