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Tips for a Positive Relationship with Your Landlord

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Marina Shlomov - Thursday, October 23, 2014

OK, you've just moved in to your first rental home or maybe not your first and now landlords are a necessary part of the renting experience. From now on, you will have to deal with a landlord or property manager. However, the relationship between a landlord and a tenant does not have to be strained and developing a positive relationship with your landlord will make both of your lives easier, so here are a few  invaluable tips for establishing a positive relationship with your landlord:

Pay your rent on time

This is a key to good interactions with your landlord. They care about getting their rent, so try your very hardest to get it in on time, and you guys should have no problems. Some places provide a grace period of several days, and some charge a fee for each day it's late. Regardless, make sure you can pay your rent on time BEFORE you sign a lease! 

Always be respectful

If your landlord talks with you about a noise complaint, or any other sort of problem, be respectful of what they have to say. Don’t become defensive and be as helpful as possible. It helps to have your landlord on your side. 
If you have any sort of problem with the landlord whether it be a noisy neighbor, security deposit, or anything else, be as nice as you can. You won’t have too much interaction with them, and being rude, or over demanding to them won’t get you anywhere. 

Handling Maintenance Issues

Whether you lived in your own home, or coming from an apartment complex, living in a single family home is different. Stuff happen, burst pipes, toilets, HVAC and even floods. The landlord has no control over that, however, how the landlord handles a situation is what makes a difference. Distinguish if your situation is an emergency or something that just need routine repairs. Fill out a maintenance request form (or if you landlord doesn't offer that option, call them) and be reasonable with your expectations. Don't make emotional phone calls and start yelling, that won't get you anywhere. Don't be rude! If your landlord is reputable, they will make every attempt to repair what needs to be done in a reasonable time frame. However, what may seem urgent to you, may not qualify as an emergency and may take longer to have repaired. Check your landlord's maintenance policies prior determining urgency of your repair. Be respectful in your communications and don't be over demanding. Tenants who behave rudely or are being unreasonably demanding, usually will fall to the bottom of the priority list.

In conclusion, always be respectful! A reputable landlord will want to make sure their investment is in good working order. Work with the landlord, it's a team effort to keep a house well maintained.

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