It takes two to tango, and to encourage a good relationship between a landlord and a tenant. In other words, both tenants and landlords need to be on their best behavior and make things easy on each other, so that they can get along well without any major misunderstandings.
What Good Tenants Do
It’s pretty easy to be a bad tenant, you just have to forget to pay rent, be as rowdy as you can, have a complete lack of interest in the property, annoy all your neighbors every chance you get, and start looking for a new place the moment you move in because very few landlords will tolerate that kind of behavior. Luckily, it’s just as easy to be a good tenant and make your landlord happy.
Pay rent on time
This is a no-brainer. Pay your rent in time and you won’t be making your landlord angry month after month until they finally ask you to leave. This is your most important responsibility as a tenant and the one that will ensure you have a good landlord-tenant relationship for a long time.
Be mindful of the neighbors
Angry neighbors will not be shy about calling your landlord and complaining about whatever you’re doing to set them off. Just be mindful of your surroundings. If your immediate neighbors are super quiet, they won’t be happy with you throwing a party every Friday night.
Report the damage
The sooner you report the damage, the sooner your landlord can fix it and avoid further damage to the property. To landlords, it’s important that you don’t just let things stay damaged or become worse than they already are, they can’t maintain a hospitable environment if you don’t let them know when something’s been broken.
What Good Landlords Do
Good relationships aren’t one-sided, so landlords need to work on their end of the deal as well to make sure they have a peaceful relationship with their tenants. Fortunately, all that it’s required is a good disposition and common sense.
Notify about rent hikes
The market changes and rents get higher all the time, everyone knows this and most are capable of understanding and accommodating a higher price, but you can’t notify your tenants at the very last minute. If you absolutely must increase your rent, be as reasonable as possible, giving a 60-day notice allows tenants to figure out their options and or negotiate a price with you. Even a 30-day notice is considered good manners.
Handle repairs in a timely manner
This is all about quid pro quo. Just as you expect your tenants to be responsible when paying the rent, you have to be responsible when handling repairs. A repair that makes things harder on your tenant will make them uncomfortable and they’ll soon feel like you’re not pulling your end, which in turn can make them slack as well.
The worst thing for a tenant is having an elusive landlord. You should be reachable and available to answer questions and be notified of any important matters that may come up. Of course, you don’t have to be available 24/7, but you should call back or answer emails on a timely manner.