Are you a renter? Having a trouble with your landlord? What do you think is the best way to handle your situation? Is leaving and transferring from one rental property to another the best way, what if you’re already in an ideal home? What assurances do you have that the new landlord will not be as difficult as the previous one?
Difficult landlords are everywhere and instead of hopping from one rental home to the next why can’t you just simply learn how to deal with the situation. Here are some tips on how to deal with a difficult landlord:
Examine the lease before signing
Everything about the agreement between the tenant and the landlord is written in the lease. So make sure that you understand everything and that you’re willing to abide by with the stipulations before signing the lease. Make sure you know what exactly you are paying for each month and point out your concerns if there are some uncertainties.
Pay the rent
Pay the rent on time to avoid disagreements. After signing the lease you are now oblige to pay rent every month. Nothing makes a landlord more frustrated than a tenant who can’t or won’t pay on time. In the event that you won’t be able to pay the rent on time, talk with the landlord, apologize, and explain your reasons in a calm, respectful manner.
Have a record of all transactions
This is important and whether your landlord is difficult or not, you should always have a record of all transactions. Have a record of the rent payments, request for repairs, and even minor conversations you’ve had including the time and date, and note down what was discussed. This will give you a proper leverage in the event you have to take your landlord to court.
Know your tenant rights
In cases of maltreatment, you should know what your rights are as a tenant in that property. You can’t always be the one to adjust and adapt. Landlords are also required to meet certain standards and in cases they fail to meet these standards you have the right to inform them about their shortcomings. If they don’t comply, you may report them to the proper authority.
Create a peaceful living environment
The first four tips written above are guides in preparing yourself in cases that the landlord is extremely difficult and that the living conditions in the property is so distressing and may cause legal disputes. This last tip however is more for mildly difficult landlords, those who are strict, stern, and unfriendly but are not abusive. In this case what you need to do as a tenant is to try and create a peaceful, and happy place. Greet the landlord whenever you see him, invite him for a cup of tea, take care of the property, and never forget to smile this are simple yet effective ways in dealing with a difficult landlord.