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October 21st, 2016 by MichiganLiving 6 Great Tips Every Renter Should Know

When you are a renter, you have more flexibility in terms of deciding where to live and choosing the neighborhood that best fits your needs and preference. It gives you the freedom to choose the location that can become your permanent (or even just temporary) address.

But before you get too excited in getting an apartment or a house to rent, here are some renter tips and advice that you should read and know about.

6 Great Tips Every Renter Should Know

Managed property or renting from a landlord?

Renting a managed property and renting from individual landlords have their pros and cons. Choosing any of them is OK but let me give you a quick overview of their main advantages. Renting directly from a landlord gives you the chance to negotiate your rental fee. On the other hand, renting a managed property gives you an easier way to contact someone as soon as problem arises. Managed communities also has maintenance staff available almost 24/7.

Don’t let your poor credit discourage you from renting a house or apartment.

There are lots of apartments and houses for rent that considers all kinds of credits. So if you have poor or no credit at all, don’t hesitate to apply for the apartment or house for rent that you like. Yes it might be difficult but if you have letter of recommendation from former landlords or you agree to pay a larger amount of security deposit, then you are good to go. Things like this can give assurance to your soon to be landlord that you are a good renter and you can pay their required fee on time.

Know how to deal with noisy and annoying neighbors properly.

Having great and considerate neighbors is a plus factor when you are a renter. But if you are quite unfortunate, then learn to deal with them properly. You can approach them in a respectful manner and tell them your concern. If this doesn’t work, contact the landlord or the management. Same thing goes if you share your space with roommates. Talk to them first and if that doesn’t work, bring your concern to the landlords.

If worst comes to worst and the management or the landlord can’t do anything about it, it’s about time for you to leave their property. Don’t let your noisy neighbors ruin your peaceful life. As a renter, you have the freedom to leave anytime you want.

Redesign and upgrade your rented space without pissing off your landlord.

One of the disadvantages of renting a property is that you can’t make major changes to the place. You can’t redesign or remodel a certain room according to your taste. However, you can still customize it without overhauling the property and breaking any lease agreement. Small things like adding more storage in the kitchen, installing command hooks, changing the light fixtures, changing door handles and knobs and upgrading some bathroom fixtures can give your rented house a new look. Mirrors, curtains and rugs can also be used to customize any room until you get the look and feel that you want.

Know your rights as a tenant.

It’s pretty important to read and understand the tenant’s rights handbook that is applicable to the state that you are living at. This is especially important if you are a first time renter and don’t know how things works when it comes to the accountability and the responsibility of landlords and tenants.

Buy renter’s insurance.

I cannot stress enough the importance of a renter’s insurance. No matter how comfortable you are with your rented space, accidents do happen from time to time. For example, your place get robbed or a neighbor of yours accidentally started a fire that burns the whole property down, your renter’s insurance can cover things up so you can have a fresh and brand new start.

With these tips, you’ll be sure that your life as a renter would be easier, more comfortable and stress-free.



20 responses to “6 Great Tips Every Renter Should Know”

  1. I luckily never had an issue with noisy neighbors when I lived in my apartment.

    Also, definitely get renters insurance, if only for peace of mind.

  2. This is such good advice for any renter. Surprisingly, many people don’t think of these things.

  3. Akhil Sharma says:

    Great tips!!!! “don’t piss of your landlord” indeed a wise advice. Nowadays, tenants or renters try to nettle landlord for trivial things.

  4. Rachel Dean says:

    I’m glad that renters are willing to work with those who do not have perfect credit. People need a second chance.

  5. Renters insurance is abig one. It boggles my mind at how many people skip this even though it’s so inexpensive.

  6. Knowing who your neighbors are before you rent is so important. I would suggest asking to visit the apartment in the evening or weekend when more people are home to see the noise level.

  7. Thank you for these tips! I’ll share this post with some friends, they need these tips.

  8. Elizabeth O. says:

    Very good tips. Renters should always know their rights and they should also maintain a good relationship with their landlord. It’s important to keep these tips in mind!

  9. Tara Pittman says:

    Rent can be hard with the noise from other people. I like that there is no yardwork.

  10. Clara says:

    I rented most of my life and had good experiences except for one time. These tips would have been helpful.

  11. Amber Myers says:

    What great information! We rented for the longest time and now finally own a house.

  12. mya kroeplin says:

    we moved last year and have been renting until we find a house we want to buy. We were in a new state so we had to look at laws here. very important to know.

  13. We have a rental property and we are happy when our tenants make it home by adding their own personal touch. If shows pride and as a landlord that is what we are looking for in tenants. Great tips.

  14. Jamie says:

    Such good advice! I wish I had had these tips back when I was renting!

  15. Lisa Rios says:

    I agree with you when it comes to the advantages you have as a renter and these are some great tips to keep in mind before moving in to a new place. Renter’s insurance is so much important and you should definitely know about your rights as tenant as well, so you can make use of it when needed!

  16. OurFamilyWorld says:

    This is absolutely a great information and I’m so glad that you share this with us.

  17. victoria says:

    These are a good information. I need to share this with my friends.

  18. Since my husband owns a mobile home park, I can tell you if we like you but have off credit we might just let you in anyways. So, it’s worth a try.

  19. Christina Aliperti says:

    These are some very helpful tips for renters. Knowing your rights as a tenant is so important.

  20. I really like what was said about not letting poor credit discourage you from renting a place. I have really bad credit and it has been a huge struggle just to be able to find a place to live. I am going to try harder to find a place to live now that I know this!

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