No one wants to be that annoying renter or neighbor. You don’t want to be a nuisance, and often, when you are that tenant, it’s unbeknownst to you. It’s rarely intentional, and so it’s easy to not notice that you’re being annoying, bothersome, or inefficient. Especially if you’re a first time renter, you may be unaware of some of the etiquette of a renting a property from someone. A tenant is usually only concerned with their rights as a renter, and for good reason. But being a great tenant means that you won’t have issues when you have maintenance requests, when it comes time to renew your lease, or unwanted surprise visits. Here are our top tips to be a great tenant!
Carefully read your lease
Knowledge is absolutely power, and reading your lease will answer a lot of the questions you may have for your landlord. You should make sure that you read your lease thoroughly before you sign it. If you notice any potential problems within the lease, discuss them with your landlord before signing the lease. A good landlord will be willing to negotiate certain points, and you’ll be able to find a solution that you’re both comfortable with. Also make sure that any verbal agreements are written into the lease, as well. Make sure that you receive a copy of your lease.
Pay rent on time
This one seems like a no brainer, but it’s really important. Paying your rent is one of your bills, but your landlord has bills, too. That’s why many landlords implement late fees, to motivate you to pay your rent on time. When you don’t make your payments on time, it can delay payments that your landlord has to make, which will rightfully make them irritated. Sometimes delays can happen, and your landlord is human as well, and they’ll understand when you make a mistake! Just make sure you communicate what issues you’re having, with them.
Treat the rental like you own it
Not in the sense that you should paint the walls your favorite shade of neon pink, but that you should treat your rental with great care. Don’t do excess damage, and don’t do anything risky with the property. If you become an expensive tenant, your landlord won’t want to renew your lease. Avoid a bad relationship with your landlord, and act like your rental is your own home, that you own. You’ll take better care of it, and your landlord will love you.