There are plenty of reasons why you should form a positive relationship with your landlord -they’ll be more open to requests, they’ll give you a great reference, and they won’t hesitate to fix minor repairs. If you’ve recently signed a new lease and you want to keep your new landlord happy, here are five tips for doing so.
1: Keep a Clean Home
An untidy, dirty, and neglected house is every landlord’s worst nightmare. To keep your comfort levels and your landlord’s happiness high, make sure you keep on top of the scrubbing, vacuuming, and sweeping. This is especially important when you move out, as leaving a clean home will help ensure you get your deposit back. To ensure the place is utterly spotless, use an end of lease cleaning London company before you leave.
2: Always Pay Rent on Time
This one is obvious, but it is also a biggie. Frequently missing rent payments or failing to notify when paying late will seriously disgruntle your landlord, so make sure you always pay on time every month (it helps to have an alarm set). If you regularly pay on time, on those occasions where you have genuine trouble doing so, they’ll be more understanding.
3: Don’t Bother them with Tiny Matters
Most repairs are your landlord’s responsibility, but if you are bugging them with small issues too often, it will start to annoy them. Unless the repair causes a dramatic change to the property, you can take responsibility for it. By doing this, when you have a genuinely large repair needed, your landlord will be more likely to accommodate you as quickly as possible.
4: Be Respectful of Neighbors
Even if your landlord lives nowhere near the property, it is still important to keep the noise levels down and respect the neighbors. Your landlord doesn’t want a tenant who makes the surrounding people’s lives miserable!
To keep your neighbors happy, keep the noise levels reasonably low at all times, even during the day. Having a sing-song in the shower and playing your music a little louder in the daylight hours is fine, but blasting songs that make the walls shake and using a voice that hurts your throat will bother your neighbors.
Noise levels should reach an absolute minimum at night time, as this is when most people sleep. If you’re a night owl, make sure you keep the television down and that you don’t stomp around!
5: Be Honest
When it comes to renting, honesty is the best policy. Let them know if you’re a smoker, if you plan on getting a pet, if accidental damage has been caused, and if you cannot pay your rent on time. Sometimes, life gets in the way, and your landlord will appreciate you coming to them rather than hiding it until your tenancy ends. The more open you are with them, the less likely they will worry about you and the house. It’s all about building trust!
A happy landlord equals a happy tenant. By following these five tips, you will create a positive and fulfilling relationship with your landlord.