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How to Work Well with a Landlord

For first time renters, learning how to get along with a landlord can be difficult. Renting a house, apartment, or condo has certain responsibilities that have to be adhered to. Some of these responsibilities include: paying rent, obeying the rules established in the lease, and notifying the owner of any problems. These duties alone may seem overwhelming, but they are even more difficult when the owner is strict. In order to maintain a good relationship with the owner, here are a few tips:

  1. Strive to be the best tenant. This may seem like an easy task, but for many, it is not. Outside of following the guidelines that the owner establishes, think through what type of tenant you would want to have if you were the landlord. Be someone who is respectful of the property and the landlord, who is responsible, and is empathetic.
  2. Document changes. As problems occur, make sure you document them. You should put them down in writing and take pictures. Then talk to your landlord about those problems. If you make an agreement, especially if it is the landlord who is responsible for fixing the problem, make sure you have it in written form. Then, if the landlord were to not follow through in fixing the problem, you have proof.
  3. Talk to other tenants. If the landlord of the home you want is notorious for not following through with the terms in the agreement, then they are not someone you want to be renting from. Previous tenants will know this information. Plus, if all of you are having problems, you can confront the landlord as a group.

Do what you can to make your relationship with the landlord the best it can be. A relationship goes two ways, make sure you are holding up your end by being a good tenant.

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