14 Ways To Be A Better Tenant

Let’s be honest. Landlord and tenant relationships can get tough. You both try to start off with the best of intentions, but after a while things can get rocky best. As tenants we think it’s the landlord’s job to take care of our every need. But, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we have responsibilities as well. While it is the landlord’s job to take care of certain parts of the house, don’t forget that it is your home. You may not own it, but it is still your responsibility. So, how can you improve your landlord-tenant relationship?

Here are 14 ways to help make things just a little bit easier.

1. Pay your rent on time

This may seem fairly straightforward. But, sometimes we think we can pay or other bills before paying rent. However, if you want to stay on your landlord’s good side, it’s best to pay your rent in a timely manner.

2. Be polite

Being polite to you landlord can go a long way. Even if something goes wrong, it doesn’t mean that you need to leave a screaming voicemail on your landlord’s machine. After all, would you like it if someone did that to you? Do your best, even under the worst of circumstances, to treat your landlord the way you would want to be treated.

3. Pay attention to your landlord’s instructions

More than likely they are telling you something for a reason. Whether it’s how to trip a breaker box, let your faucets drip when it’s freezing outside, or when you need to turn a gas valve off, do what they ask. They aren’t doing or saying these things to be bossy. Remember, that house is their investment and they want to take care of it and the people inside of it.

4. Help your landlords

Your landlord can’t be everywhere all the time. So, help them out. If something breaks let them know. It’s something needs to be replaced let them know that as well. Trust us, they’ll appreciate it.

5. Be honest

If you accidentally broke an appliance or clogged a toilet because your kid stuffed something down there, tell them. They of all people know life happens. They just want to be informed so they can help get the issue resolved.

6. Leave a message

If they don’t answer your call the first time, just leave a message. Just like you, they have a life, and can’t answer your every beckon call. Again, your house is their investment. They will get back to you and make sure you’re taken care of.

7. Understand they have a lot going on

Your landlord may or may not have more homes that they are taking care of. Meaning, at times their other houses will take priority. Try to be understanding, and again realize they will get to you soon as they can.

8. Communicate with your landlord

Just like you need to remember that life happens for them, they understand that life happens to you as well. So, if something goes drastically wrong that will affect your living conditions, let them know. More than likely they will do what they can to help you. But, if you just try to ignore the problem, things will definitely only get worse.

9. Treat the house in the people who work on the house with respect

This goes back to the golden rule. Treat others how you want to be treated, and all will go well with life. Remember you may not own the house, but it is your home. And the people that come to fix your home are just there to help, so be nice.

10. Work with your landlord

You both have busy lives, and you both want things to be resolved as quickly as possible. Try to be as accommodating as you can with your time in making arrangements. Your landlord will appreciate it, and it will help better your relationship.

11. Trust your landlord

Your landlord is not there to cheat you or steal your stuff. Yes, there are always those landlords that can be jerks. But, those are the exception and not normally the rule. If they’re saying they need to get in your home, it’s probably for good reason. Whether it’s to fix an appliance, or something random like taking a video to set up a real estate virtual tour on their website. They have their reasons, and it’s not to stiff you.

12. Follow the rules

Contrary to popular belief, all rules are not meant to be broken. In fact, the landlord would’ve explained their rules to you when you moved in and you have agreed to follow them. If you didn’t want to follow the rules, then you shouldn’t have moved in.

13. Respect your neighbors

Whether you live in an apartment building or neighborhood, you need to be aware that there are people living around you. And our guess is you wouldn’t appreciate being woken up at 2 AM with a mob of people and loud music. So, be respectful, and as considerate as you can when having people over.

14. Leave your house better than you found it

When it comes time to move out of your home, be respectful. Your parents probably taught you to leave things better than you found it, so apply this principle. It’ll show the landlord that you care, and give them a better reason to give you a good recommendation for the next house you rent out. Plus, it can help the landlord better prepare for the next renters. After all, they have a lot of work to do to get it ready. Whether it’s cleaning, or taking video to set up a real estate virtual tour online for the next tenants.

Being a good tenant does not need to be difficult. And honestly it boils down to just being courteous and respectful towards those around you. If you can do that, you’ll set yourself up to have a positive and lasting tenant-landlord relationship.