Renter’s Tip: How To Build and Maintain a Good Relationship With Your Landlord

A lot of us have always thought that landlords and renters are meant to be enemies. For the past few decades, the landlord and the renter have always viewed each other with great distrust. Landlords tend to think that the renters are doing some things to damage their properties. On the other hand, renters think that landlords are always out to get them by demanding higher rent.

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Despite this, it is about time that you should understand the fact that this should not always be the case. If you wish to enjoy your life in your new house for rent, then you should be willing to look past these prejudices and find a way to build a great relationship with your landlord.

Do you think this is impossible? With these tips, it is surely possible!

Always keep a calm head.

There are many things that can go wrong during your stay in the said rental. There are times when your air conditioning will stop working. There will be times when you will have to deal with noisy neighbors. There will be times when you will suffer from leaking and damaged plumbing. There will be days when you will have to worry about the security of your home. Whatever your problem is, it is best that you talk politely with your property manager. No matter how frustrated you are, it is never wise for you to talk to your property manager in an antagonistic way. Do not let your emotions get in the way. Be subjective about things and try to settle the matter in a calm and professional way. Your landlord will love you for it!

Take good care of the property.

This is one thing that your landlord will appreciate the most. Since you are renting the space, your landlord expects you to be the caretaker of the property. This is why you must make it a point to take on the responsibilities of daily maintenance of your home. Repair possible damages right away and stick to the policies on how you can decorate your place. Treat the rental as if it is your own home.

Be honest at all times.

Dishonesty is one thing that can strain your relationship with your landlord. Keep in mind that honesty is the best foundation of all relationships so being dishonest with your landlord can certainly cause a rift between the two of you. There are times when you think that it is best to lie (when you accidentally damage your property or when you violated some policies) but being honest during tough times will prove that you are a person of integrity.

Call your landlord or property manager by name.

If you wish to have a civil relationship with your landlord, then you should dial down the formality a bit. Know the name of your property manager or landlord and call him by his first name when you talk to him.

When you build and establish a good relationship with your property manager or landlord, you will be able to live and enjoy a prosperous life ahead.

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24 thoughts on “Renter’s Tip: How To Build and Maintain a Good Relationship With Your Landlord

  1. Great perspective on the relationship between renters and landlords. I think it is very important to build a relationship with your landlord and can have a positive influence on your rental experience.

  2. I have a great relationship with my landlord. I do remember he was very leery of my husband and I when we first moved in due to us being young. We even had a not so pleasant encounter. I kept my cool, even though it was hard, and he eventually realized his wife had made a mistake in our agreement which caused the unpleasant encounter to occur. Thanks so much for these great tips. I would also like to see a post on the other side of things as well.

  3. we are currently buying our home but spent years renting. We have always had good relations with our land-lords and still can use them as refferals if we would choose. I agree with your tips and the only thing I can add is pay on time and if you will be late for any reason let them know ahead of time this will help keep everyone happy

  4. As landlords, my husband and I also divide up the ‘duties.’ I’m available for all day-to-day money issues. Actual problems/complaints go through my husband. I appreciate that our tenants respect this and make the proper contacts for what they need.

  5. Being honest is important, especially when you’re short on the rent. Of course, taking good care of the property is helpful too!

  6. Great post! I am curious though on the point of making repairs as soon as possible. Isn’t that the job of the landlord? I understand if renters damage something of their own, but if it’s something on the house that is falling apart (like our shower molding for example) isn’t that something they should take care of?

  7. Being honest in all your dealings is so important not just in renter-landlord relationship but in any kind of relationship. Along the course of the rent period, it will be inevitable to have issues with the property. Just be honest, and respectful 🙂

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