People tend overlook the importance of a good and healthy relationship with their landlord but it’s actually more important than many of us give credit for. Establishing and maintaining a good, healthy, solid working relationship between you and your landlord should be on the priority list if you want a good experience in the rental journey.May we add that your relationship with your landlord doesn’t just end when you finish your lease terms - great referrals can come from your former landlord even long after you no longer live on their property.
There are a few key stages to establishing, building,and maintaining a good landlord-renter relationship, from before you sign the lease to after you move out when the lease ends. Here are a few tips on how to create a genuine and trusting partnership through all phases of renting:
Viewing The Property
This is the very first stage and beginnings of the potential landlord-renter relationship. It starts as soon as you open up the communication channels with this person who could potentially become your new landlord. You have seen the listing and the photos, and your attention has been captured. You reach out your phone and dial the mobile number listed under the property for rental. The phone rings. Once. Twice. And again. The landlord picks up. “Hello?"
How do you answer back?
The logical and civilized answer is of course to answer back politely and professionally but you would be surprised how many people seem to forget to act like decent human beings and be respectful.
This is the start. This is the very first time that you have the chance to make an impression on the person who may be renting you your future home. Whether you make a good or bad impression is entirely up to you but the first impression is ever so important. Getting off on the right foot and making a healthy impression is especially important if you are really,really interested in renting the home in question. If you are searching for a home to rent in a highly competitive market, it’s even more crucial that you know how to stand out from the crowd in a positive way so that you will get picked for the place.
First impressions are so important that a landlord will pick their rental candidates according to it. If a potential tenant clearly has poor hygiene and dresses in a way that is not soothing to the landlord, it can signify to the landlord that the person is not serious about renting the place and further more will not take good care of the rental. If the person cannot take good care of himself or herself, how can the landlord expect their rental to be well cared for?
Be punctual on the actual day of the viewing, if not a little early (always helps). Your future landlord also has a schedule and it is not fair for you to make them wait incessantly because you just couldn’t be bothered to show up on time for unjustified reasons.
Setting a good first impression is a two-way street.As much as you are being judged for how good you will be as a potential tenant,this is also your chance to gage whether or not you will have a positive experience with this particular landlord if the two of you end up in a working relationship. You can use this time to ask questions to help gain better insight. There is a lot that you can observe about a person if you pay attention in the right areas. When you were making the appointment, were you able to get a hold of the landlord right away or was it a difficult process that took hours to days until you received a call back? If it is the latter,then you may want to proceed with caution. You don’t want to be in a working relationship with someone who you can never get a hold of. What if there is an emergency situation with the property, or you need repairs but the landlord is a complete Houdini?
When you walk in to the viewing, pay attention to all the little details. How well-kept is the property? Are there a ton of things broken? Any signs of major wear and tear on the walls and exterior surfaces? Is the property clean? Does it smell nice? Does it smell like something has been rotting in there for weeks? Are there any bugs around? All of these signs can give you great insight in to who your landlord is and what kind of a person they are. You don’t want to rent from someone who doesn’t take care of the property.
Don’t be afraid to ask your landlord questions and voice reasonable concerns. If the landlord is evasive in answering your questions, then you may want to be careful and rethink renting the property. A good landlord will be transparent with you and helpful when you ask questions and voice concerns. They should be prompt in responding to your phone calls and text messages. It is not possible to have a health relationship, whether personal or work, with someone who seems to have something to hide and unreliable.