As a renter we would want to live in a peaceful home with a landlord that is good and caring. But if we wanted to be treated fairly by our landlord then we should also reciprocate that kind of treatment and be the best tenant we can ever be. We must cultivate a great relationship with our landlord and our neighbors. Here are some tips on how to be a good renter:
Pay rent on time
An ideal renter is the one who pays rent on time. The payment of rent every month is very important to the landlord. Some of those payments will likely go to the mortgage payment of the rental property or other fees of the landlord so it is essential that if a tenant fails to pay on time make sure that the landlord is informed as soon as possible. It is better to be honest with the landlord rather than to make up excuses.
Read your lease and commit to it
It is important that a renter reads and understands the lease. The lease specifies what the renter is agreeing to in renting the property. The lease legally binds the renter to the terms of the landlord so if the renter can’t understand the specified conditions then it is essential to ask for legal advice. It should contain all information about the contract and the rules that will be imposed in the property. After signing the lease the renter is legally entitled to follow all stipulations so he must commit himself fully to it and follow it thoroughly.
Take care of the property
Taking care of the property will enable the renter to get back his damage deposit when the lease ends. It will also put the renter on the good side of the landlord. Normal wear and tear is unavoidable but it’s better to make sure that no major damages will happen to the property. Major problems will hassle both the renter and the landlord. There is also the matter of repair responsibilities, the lease must show who must be responsible for major and minor repairs. If the renter takes care of the property then the landlord will surely reciprocate that care.
Communicate regularly with the landlord
Communication is an important aspect is renter-landlord relations. The renter must ask permission first from the landlord if there are certain changes he wants to do regarding the property. Problems and damages should also be conversed with the landlord. The renter shouldn’t make hasty decisions without properly informing the landlord.
Be friends with the neighbors
To have a harmonious living environment the residents including the landlord should know each other and should try to have a respectful relationship with one another. Good renters will respect the privacy of their neighbors. Being friends with the neighbors can be very beneficial, you can ask them to guard your unit when you’re away, share certain kitchen ingredients, and even be a helping hand in times of need.