How to have a positive relationship with your Landlord
Having a good relationship with your landlord is very important when it comes to moving into a new rental home or apartment. No one moves into a new place wanting to experience disconnection, disrespectful communication, or major conflicts with their landlord.
Unfortunately, these things do take place between landlords and tenants. Sometimes it is intentional, but most of the time, it is unintentional. Intentional meaning, a tenant knows what his or her responsibilities are and how he or she can best respect his or her landlord, but he or she intentionally choose not to and it causes a conflict. Unintentional meaning, a tenant may not be aware of his or her responsibilities or how he or she can best respect his or her landlord, and so he or she unintentionally does not take care of certain responsibilities and it causes a conflict. If you are a tenant who desires to have a good relationship with your landlord, we would like to help you prevent conflicts with your landlord by making you aware of your responsibilities and how you can best respect your landlord. As property managers in Redding who have over twenty years of experience managing properties all over Shasta County, we would like to offer you ten ways that you can honor your landlord.
1. Pay Your Rent On Time – rent payments are one of the biggest hassles landlords have to deal with. The last thing that your landlord wants is to ask you where your rent is or get onto you about why your rent is late. The majority of conflicts that arise between landlords and tenants have to do with this. You can avoid a lot of conflicts by simply making your rent payments on time every month.
2. Always be respectful – it never helps to communicate or address things in a disrespectful tone or manner. In the same way that you expect to be respected as a tenant, your landlord expects to be respected as a landlord. If you don’t want your landlord to address things with you in a disrespectful manner, then don’t address things with him or her in a disrespectful manner. Even if you are frustrated, take a minute to cool down before you communicate with your landlord.
3. Listen with intention – one of the most frustrating things for landlords is when they have to re-communicate instructions or important information because a tenant did not listen the first time they communicated it. Anytime your landlord communicates something to do, be intentional about listening and possibly even taking down notes if you need to remember things.
4. Help your landlord maintain the property – your landlord will not always be at the rental property, which means that they will not always know if something needs to be repaired. A great way to honor and help your landlord as a tenant is to let them know right away when you notice something needs to be repaired or replaced. This ultimately helps the landlord keep their rental property in good condition.
5. Communicate – communication is key to having a good relationship with your landlord. Oftentimes, if tenants lose their jobs or get in a bind financially, they don’t want to communicate it right away with their landlord because they are afraid of getting asked to leave the rental property. However, not communicating with your landlord will not help anything. And oftentimes, your landlord will understand your situation and will work with you or extend some time to you to make your payments before resorting to kicking you out. Communicate your situation as soon as possible and be honest about it so that your landlord knows what’s going on and knows what to prepare for.
6. Respect the property – your landlord has most likely invested a lot of time, work, energy, and money into the rental property that you are living in. Treating the property carelessly is a sure way to build a bad relationship with your landlord. Your landlord is essentially entrusting you with the condition of their property. Pick up after yourself, keep it clean, and do everything in your power to prevent damages. The best way to do this is to treat the property as if you own it.
7. Be patient – if you communicate that something needs to be repaired, or if some other kind of issue comes up in the rental house or apartment, be patient. Your landlord is just as busy as you are and is doing his or her best to solve the problem in the time that he or she has. Don’t expect something to get fixed overnight. However, it has been weeks and your landlord still has not taken care of the issue, that is a different story. In the case that happens, you can take the step of getting a third party involved.
8. Know your lease agreement and follow the rules – your landlord lays out specific rules in your lease agreement for both you and him to abide by. It is important that you thoroughly read through that lease before signing, and then follow through on your roles and responsibilities after signing. Knowing the rules and not following through will be frustrating and stressful for your landlord.
9. Respect your landlord’s boundaries – unless it is an emergency, only call your landlord during regular business hours. Do not call your landlord late at night and do not call your landlord over and over or send a bunch of text messages to him or her. Call once and if they don’t answer, leave a voicemail. If they do not respond to you within 24 hours, call again. Your landlord has his or her own life and schedule and he or she also possibly have a family. Be respectful of your landlord’s boundaries.
10. Respect your neighbors – this is mostly for those who are renting apartments. Respect your neighbors with your noise level and do not engage in illegal or unsafe behavior that could endanger one of your neighbors. All of this causes conflicts and ultimately brings more stress to your landlord.
If you would like more information as to how you can best honor and respect your landlord as a tenant, feel free to call us at Authority Property Management! We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you build and maintain a good relationship with your landlord! Give us a call at (530) 410-6085.
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