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Jul 19, 2019

How to be Every Landlord’s Favorite Tenant

Become your landlord’s favorite tenant with these practical tips.

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’ve been 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 by simply 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 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 will want this document should any issues arise in the future. You and your landlord may even opt to get this document notarized upon signing to deter fraudulent or inappropriate behavior from either party.


Do Not Break the Terms of Your Lease

It’s important to follow the terms that you have both agreed to.  Breaking your contract will inevitably lead to conflict and quite 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. Many landlords will outline late fees in your agreement that can be enforced upon late payments.


Emergency Funds

Like paying your rent on time, it is equally as important to have an emergency fund saved prior to moving into a new space. While not always possible, it is something to strive for. Not only will this provide you with a sense of peace, but it will ensure your rent and utilities are paid in the event of financial setback.


Smile and Be Friendly

Being friendly goes a long way. Every time you see your landlord, take the time to smile and say “hello.” Having a good relationship with your landlord can go a long way when it comes to repairs or concerns being managed in a timely manner.


Keep it Clean

Stay up on your daily cleaning routine to keep your rental property ship-shape and pest-free. 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 addressed, contact your landlord immediately, rather than waiting and allowing the issue to get worse or trying to fix something yourself. This will save you both the headache.


Leave on a High Note

When it’s time to move on, make sure you’re leaving the apartment 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. 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. If you are in the process of moving to a new space, check out the link below to learn more about protecting yourself and your belongings with a renters insurance policy.