By this time, you have just probably signed the contract to lease and have moved in officially to your dream apartment. While it’s a piece of good news, keep in mind that it is not the end of your journey in search of a quality living. Your responsibility as a tenant has just started and developed a good relationship with your landlord is an integral part of the equation. You may not have realized it yet, but it will actually help you with your housing requirements in the future.  

Tenants usually underrate the value of maintaining a good relationship with their landlords and its power to influence their daily living experience. Whether the issue behind a dispute is as menial as erupting toilets or as serious as delayed payments, there are a lot of things at stake – the comfort of finally living in a place you can call home, the security deposit, and probably a reference letter you may need for your next flat. It’s not something you would want to get your life tangled with.

Below are a few tips for co-existing happily with your landlord.

Leave a good impression

Present yourself well during your first meeting if you don’t want to run the risk of early contract termination. Some essential things you need to do to leave a good impression include: Bringing all the vital documents, turning up on time, dressing well, and being friendly. Wear your best smile all the time and prove yourself as more deserving of the property more than any other potential tenant.

Pay your dues promptly 

The habitual practice of late payment is something that any landlord does not take kindly to. Remember that they also have lives of their own, and frequently reminding you to settle your dues in time is not part of it.  Strive to pay your rent a couple of days ahead of your due date. If you can’t do so because of some particular situation, at least let your landlord know beforehand, and not after you miss the payment. If you’re someone who forgets most of the time, then it’s best to pay your monthly rents in one installment if you can.  Paying your next month’s due together with your current obligation is also an excellent move to rebuild the trust that was compromised by occasional late payments.

Keep your communication open

The tenants and the landlords must maintain the right level of communication. As a new tenant, you must have a good grasp of the rules in place as well as the lease terms from the moment you signed the contract. If there is something you wish to include in the agreement, you must mention it to your landlord before you move in. If there is anything unclear, ask questions and do not assume anything. For your protection, forget the handshake agreement and get everything in writing. 

Be respectful

While you pay for your stay in the apartment, it does not give you the license to disrespect the grounds, the building, and its facilities, your neighbors and your landlord. Maintain the cleanliness of your place in and out. Take care of the property and keep everything tidy. Most notably, avoid being loud so as not to disturb other tenants. 

Be patient

Shits do happen sometimes, but it is not the end of the world. Your bathroom tiles may get broken, or your faucet may leak, but you should not treat this as an emergency situation. While it’s absolutely fine to notify your landlord via e-mail and remind him from time to time, it is not okay to contact the local council in most cases. Be considerate. Understand that it may take time to look for a good handyman, to request for quotes and compare, and arrange a visit. It is also more likely that your landlord has other work commitments and are also dealing with several properties at any given time. Annoying your landlord may only delay the repair further.  

Remember your landlord on holidays

Small acts like sending your landlord some treats or gifts during the holidays or special occasions will surely be appreciated and remembered. Going the extra mile for him will put you on his ‘nice’ list which could make requesting or negotiating much easier in the future.

You’re probably not the perfect tenant any landlord could ever have, but you’ll go a long way if you are always on time, accommodating and cordial. Remember that you are just one of the many tenants they have to deal with, so any little act of patience, respect, and kindness matters. Lastly, if your landlord can trust you to meet your obligations, you will most likely be included in his list of favorite tenants in no time.  

Source: Brick Underground, Bay Management Group, Bryce Lands

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