When it comes to having a great tenant-landlord relationship, it is a two-way street. While Landlords cannot expect to have great relationships with their tenants if they are not maintaining their end of the relationships, tenants also cannot expect to have great relationships with their landlords if they are not maintaining their end of the relationships. A great tenant-landlord relationship happens when both the tenant and the landlord make an intentional effort at creating and maintaining a great relationship. As property managers in Redding who have over twenty years of experience working with tenants and landlords, we would like to offer some tips on how you as a tenant can create and maintain a great relationship with your landlord.
- Respect your landlord – One of the number one things that can make or break a relationship is disrespect. If your landlord feels that you do not respect him or her, it can easily prevent you from having a great relationship with him or her. Showing your landlord that you respect him or she is an immediate open door for creating, building and maintaining a great relationship with him or her.
- Maintain great communication – When it comes to creating and maintaining a great relationship with your landlord, it is vital that you as a tenant have open, honest, and consistent communication and that you are also understanding and receptive towards what your landlord communicates to you. The way that you communicate actually communicates whether or not you value a relationship with your landlord. Be honest and open, be consistent, be respectful, and be receptive and responsive.
- Respect your home or apartment – There is a high probability that your landlord put time, energy, effort, and money into making your living space nice for you. If your landlord walks into the home or apartment and sees it trashed or damaged, it could hurt your relationship with him or her because that can communicate to him or her that you do not value the property.
- Pay your rent on time – Not paying your rent on time can potentially negatively affect your landlord’s finances. If you are unable to come through on your rent, or if you are late on your rent payment, that will fall back on your landlord and can negatively affect their finances (because they may have to dish out some money to cover you) and their credit score. Making your rent payments on time will prevent those things from happening and will keep things great between you and your landlord.
- Read and honor your lease agreement – Your landlord takes time to put together a lease agreement for you before you move into the home or apartment. It is important that you fully read through the lease agreement and that you abide by it. It can be frustrating to a landlord for him or her to have to re-explain things when they took the time to clearly lay them out in the lease agreement. Make sure you read it all the way through and then stick to it!
If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can maintain a great relationship with your landlord as a tenant, feel free to call us at 530-410-6085! We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you with anything you may need!
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