Updated: Feb 16
Trying to maintain a healthy landlord and tenant relationship can seem frustrating. However, it does not have to be. Any business relationship will have its ups and downs; it's ultimately about knowing how to handle it. Having some background information or a simple guideline to follow can help in your rental relationships. If that is what you are looking for then this blog will definitely lead you in the right direction. Also, if you're just starting the rental process and have not found a place to move to check out our apartments for rent search.
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Honor Your Lease - Be a Good Tenant
Remember that phrase “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? This is the kind of tenant you want to be. You want to display the same attitude and etiquette with your landlord that you would want in return. This means honoring your lease by paying rent on time, following any rules and regulations, and communicating effectively. Ultimately, any landlord wants their tenants to have the ultimate living experience and that is much easier for a landlord to do if the tenant cooperates.
Clear and Concise
When calling in tickets/service requests or using an online ticket system be clear and concise when putting in the information. Do not curse out of anger and be sure that you include all important details including the problem, your name, address, and phone number. This will ultimately help the landlord diagnose and be able to correct your problem more efficiently and it shows you know how to communicate appropriately.
Remember if you live in an apartment that you have neighbors. If you have pets, do not let them roam around alone and be sure to clean up behind them. If you have children, don’t let them stomp around or be extremely loud because it can affect your neighbors. If you’re having company be sure to tell them where to park so that other residents can still get into their homes without interference. Also, be sure to take all trash to the proper locations and keep the outside of your residence clean and clear. Remember that your neighbors can contact your landlord with complaints and that ultimately can affect your landlord and tenant relationship as well.
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Communication & Action
If you know you’re behind on rent or may fall behind on rent give your landlord a call and keep them updated on your situation. The worst thing you can do is keep your landlord in the dark. Ultimately, your landlord is still running a business and you have to keep that in mind. Understand that communication will help, but ultimately you need to show forth effort. Make partial payments even if it’s not the full balance. You want to show your landlord that you are trying and even though you’re in a bad spot that you’re still trying to honor your lease. Honesty is definitely the key to maintain a successful business relationship.
No matter where you live, an apartment, a house, or even a condo you want to have the best relationship with your landlord that you can. Ultimately, the tenant and landlord relationship requires give and take on both parts. Even when things may seem chaotic or you're confused remember that you and the landlord both want the same thing success for you and the business because the two depend on each other for survival.
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