TIP OF THE MONTH - November 2014
THE GOLDEN RULES OF LANDORD-TENANT RELATIONSHIPS
Source: Rent Net-A Cendant Company
Surprisingly, many renters simply don’t know how to be good tenants and stay in the landlord’s good graces.
A successful landlord-tenant relationship starts
with communication, goodwill and respect on both sides. Beyond
those basics, here are some tips, suggestions and words of advice for
Pay your rent on time.
This point may seem self-evident, but managers say some tenants don’t
seem to understand the connection between on-time rent payments and the
owner’s ability to manage the property. Part of the rent is
profit for the owner, but much of the money is spent on repairs,
maintenance, landscaping, services, taxes, insurance, security and
other necessary expenses of operating the building.
Be patient about non-emergency repairs.
If your heating system malfunctions in the dead of Winter, that’s an
emergency and it should be repaired right away. However, many
other types of repairs are minor annoyances that are not
life-threatening. Give your landlord some slack in getting things fixed
(a few days might be reasonable), especially if parts are needed to
complete the repairs.
Get permission for a do-it-yourself repairs. Making minor repairs on your own may seem helpful, but some managers frown on these efforts. “We prefer that people do not because in many cases their repairs are not up to the standards that we accept or they
may make the problem worse. Even a simple repair like a flapper
valve on a toilet because he or she could easily damage the whole
mechanism. Then we would have to go in and clean up the flood.”
(First Capital Property Group)
Be a considerate neighbor.
Most lease agreements provide for residents to have a quiet enjoyment
of their individual apartment unit. Residents who interfere with
their neighbor’s quiet enjoyment create trouble and aggravation for the
manager. “We try to provide an environment where the tenants are not
disturbing other tenants with noisy parties, loud radios or generally
obnoxious behavior.” (First Captial Property Group)
Read your lease agreement.
A signed lease agreement is not just a piece of paper. It is
actually a legal document. For example, if the agreement has a
12-month term, the management generally can not increase your rent
before the end of that period. Conversely, you are obligated to
pay the agreed-upon rent for the entire 12 months, even if you decide
to move out during that time. Both the landlord and the tenant are
bound to the terms and conditions of the lease agreement.
Most tenant want to be on good terms with the
people who own and manage the building they call home. Having a good
relationship increases your stature as a valued tenant, and it means
your needs, concerns and legitimate complains will be met with all due attention and action on the part of the manager.
This web page was updated on 11/02/2014.