One key factor which all estate agents wish their clients will take into account is to give more attention to their landlord’s reasonable wishes. More than often landlords have to spend a lot of money for their tenant’s misbehaviour. This can occur in different ways, which include late payments, poor communication or illicit activities.
However, this can be a two way street, as it is often the landlords who are at fault, or they have dictatorial demands or is just simply unfair. Under-mentioned are some suggestions for potential tenants which will make the renting relationship much smoother and friendlier.
Good communication: when doubtful – ask
Where the renting of property are concerned, all landlords prefer or specify in a signed contract that major issues or changes must initially be checked by them.
Thinking of getting that new cat, well if the answer is yes then first get the assurance from the owner that the added odour, possible stains and the scratching to the walls of the property will be in order. However, they may be accommodating as long as all damages will be paid by you.
Maybe you want to upgrade the décor of the apartment by painting the walls to blend in with your colour scheme. We advise you to get your landlord’s permission before you buy the paint and apply it to the walls. Then again they may grant you permission, but with the requirement that you should change it back to its original look, before leaving. Good communication can always prevent dissatisfaction and can promote goodwill between the landlord and the tenant.
Do unto others
This rule is not really something one will think of where real estate is concerned, but it can be applicable to almost all relationships. Should you by accident, while moving in make a cavity in the wall, be honest about it and don’t try to hide it by covering up.
To be able to see situations from another person’s perspective is important, to treat someone else in the same manner that you want them to treat you. This means to treat the property as if it belongs to you and to adhere to stipulations which are there for a good reason.
Pay on time (don’t let them ask)
What will your feelings be if your employer doesn’t pay your salary every week as stipulated in your employment contract? Or you lend your neighbour some money, but he doesn’t pay you back or pay later than your agreement?
This is exactly the same situation with the landlord due to the fact that there is a direct agreement to pay your rent at a specified time. Should you deter to pay on the time agreed upon, it is understandable that your landlord will be annoyed. Be punctual with your payment so that it won’t be necessary to be asked for it.
A landlord – tenant relationship can often be a difficult one, which is not necessary at all. Taking the above-mentioned factors into account as a tenant, with insight into what the landlord requires from you and a good relationship can be established.