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Advice for Renters

Advice for Renters

Written by admin
on February 16, 2019

ADVICE FOR RENTERS

Solid Advice for Renters
When it comes to renting a property it is important to keep in mind some solid advice.
 
RENT WITHIN YOUR BUDGET
In a tight market, knowing your budget is key. Don’t apply for a rental that costs more than 30% of your gross monthly income or you are going to run into difficulties with future payments and possibly tarnish your landlord-tenant relationship.
 
While it may be tempting to acquire an expensive rental with fancy amenities don’t make this mistake, and instead opt for a rental that simply checks the “must-haves” boxes and fits your budgeting needs. This prevents unnecessary stress down the road. It also assures that you don’t become a chronic complainer to your landlord because you have bid too high for a property that must now be perfect at all times and at all costs.
 
DON’T SKIM THE LEASE
Understanding your lease is crucial. Ensure that you know all of your responsibilities and the ins-and-outs of rent collection so you can establish a great relationship with your landlord. Remember, breaking your lease terms out of ignorance is just as costly as willfully breaking them. Do your homework and pay attention to every clause in the agreement. [pets, smoking, adding new occupants, late fees, parking and more are all things you should know about in detail]
 
PREP FOR EMERGENCIES
Most renters aren’t adequately prepared for a disaster. Your landlord’s insurance won’t cover your stuff. Get renters insurance; it’s inexpensive and worth it.
 
PAY ATTENTION TO RENEWAL DATES
Don’t let the excitement of move-in deter you from paying careful attention to your lease term and renewal. You should understand exactly when you are expected to leave the unit, and how renewals are handled. Paying attention to the renewal dates will ensure that you can move out fee-free when you’re planning to or that when to apply for a new lease renewal if you would like to stay.
 
USE DAMAGE-FREE DECOR
Damage doesn’t just come from obvious abuse to the suite like a huge hole in the wall. You can get charged for damages to the wall by just hanging acute photo the wrong way. Use proper decor techniques and hanging apparatuses to get your deposit back in full and refer to your lease with regard to this issue. [Command Picture Hanging Strips]
 
Using Wall saving hanging solutions will prevent holes and drywall peeling from becoming a costly repair issue.
 
 
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Make your Landlord Happy Part 2

Make your Landlord Happy Part 2

5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LANDLORD HAPPY PART 2

landlords and renters don’t have to be at odds

Having a good history with your landlord is vital to ensuring that your landlord will be more willing to assist you if you come across a rare late payment or simply need a good reference for a future rental. Part 1 talked about the first 5 ways to become the ideal tenant
This time, we will talk about the last 5 ways to become an excellent renter and develop a great landlord-tenant relationship.

KEEP UP WITH MAINTENANCE:

It’s true that your landlord is responsible for most maintenance issues, but if you want a truly happy landlord or property manager be sure to tend to some general maintenance and care for the rental as you would your own home. This means ensuring that the HVAC is not damaged because the filter was not changed regularly, or that pipes are prepped for winter cold. Dryer lint traps need to me cleared out regularly and clogged shower and sink drains should be cleared out periodically. Magic Eraser is “magic” when it comes to wiping off hand and finger marks from walls, switches and door frames.

 GET PROPER RENTERS INSURANCE COVERAGE:

Having renters insurance is vital to protect your belongings and convey to your landlord that you are a responsible tenant. Renters insurance can even cover damages should you cause unintentional harm to the property or if  flood occurs in an adjacent suite causing damage to yours. Renters insurance is surprisingly inexpensive, and can even offer coverage on your valuables outside of the home.Be sure to take a complete inventory of your belongings in case you ever need to file a renters insurance claim.

CAREFULLY EXAMINE AND RECALL YOUR LEASE TERMS:

If you want a happy landlord, you must follow your lease agreement down to the “T”. Many renters will look at a lease agreement as a mere formality that consists only of general guidelines regarding the rental and its respective rules. However, ignoring the details of your lease terms will guarantee a rocky relationship with your landlord, and could result in additional fees or even eviction. Pay attention to small details in the lease like who is responsible for snow removal, the use of nails when decorating your apartment or if you are allowed to keep pets or adding an additional party as a tenant or occupant. These rules may seem nitpicky, but your landlord likely has specific reasons for their implementation, and failure to follow those rules could result in security deposit deductions, fines or even eviction.

AVOID CONSTANT COMPLAINTS:

The tenant that makes their landlord happy to have, is not the tenant that calls at all hours of the night and day to complain about minor issues. Alerting your landlord to maintenance issues is important–and can even save time and money if prompt alerts prevent damage from getting worse. However, constantly requiring special attention will make your landlord weary of your tenancy. You’re better off resolving small matters on your own, change your own light bulbs and deal with bad neighbors professionally on your own. Keep your complaints to a minimum and remember that you are not your landlord’s only priority, this will both keep your landlord happy and ensure that if you ever must make a complaint, it is taken more seriously.
Having a great relationship with your landlord can make your tenancy a breeze, and can put you first in line to keep your dream apartment when your lease is up for renewal.
Keeping your landlord happy is definitely in your best interests as a renter. Having a great relationship with your landlord can make your tenancy a breeze, and can put you first in line to keep your dream apartment when your lease is up for renewal. See Part 1

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5 WAYS to a Happy Tenancy

5 WAYS to a Happy Tenancy

Written by admin
on February 12, 2019

landlords and renters don’t have to be at odds

Navigating the landlord-tenant relationship can be tricky at times, but landlords and renters don’t have to be at odds. If landlords provide good customer service and listen to tenant complaints, and if renters responsibly care for the property and pay rent on time, the landlord-tenant relationship can flourish into one of mutual respect and satisfaction.
The unfortunate reality is, that most renters are unknowingly damaging their landlord’s perception of renters without even realizing it. Having a good history with your landlord is vital to ensuring that your landlord will be more willing to assist you if you come across a rare late payment or simply need a good reference for a future rental. If you want a great relationship with your landlord, these 5 ways to keep your landlord happy are sure to do the trick.

AVOID WHITE LIES:

We all know that trust is key in any relationship, and that big lies are sure to damage that trust. And while big lies are sure to cause trouble–if not get you evicted–white lies can slowly erode your landlord’s confidence in you as well. It can be tempting as a renter to indulge in a few half-truths now-and-then, but saying things like “the check is in the mail” and “sure, we totally read that maintenance checklist you gave us!” can add up to some big issues in the future. White lies tend to add up fast and can give you the reputation of being a flake–at best.

 

PAY RENT ON TIME:

This one should be obvious, yet late rent it is often the most pervasive problem landlords face from renters. Give your landlord a reason to love having you as a tenant and avoid costly late fees. Pay your rent on time, every time. Remember, a day or two late may not seem like a big deal, but your landlord likely property expenses that need to be covered with the rent payments. A late payment can cause your landlord more financial stress than you think. If you come across extenuating circumstances be sure to inform your landlord as quickly as possible, they may be dependent on your rent to supplement the property’s mortgage

 

KEEP THE PROPERTY CLEAN:

Cleanliness shows your landlord that you respect the property and their investment.  It also prevents against additional wear and tear due to layers of grime or mold. Weekly cleaning tasks as well as,the occasional deep clean, are vital to ensure that the property stays in top shape. Not only will your landlord thank you for keeping the place clean, but so will your body, untended allergens can wreak havoc on your health.

 

GET ALONG WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS:

Good renters strive to be kind and respectful to those that live around them, and they know that (unless it’s written into the lease) it’s not the landlord’s responsibility to mediate between bad neighbors. While it’s important to notify the police if something illegal is occurring or you feel in danger, running to your landlord for every small issue will likely become very irritating. If you find that your neighbor plays loud music late at night, your best course of action is to be cordial and politely ask for a compromise. Sometimes a conversation is all it takes to resolve an issue.

 

AVOID HIDING HOUSEMATES:

Keep your landlord happy by following your lease agreement in full, and ensuring that anyone living on the property is there with your landlord’s permission.  Having an uninvited guest stay permanently (without your landlord’s permission) is a sure-fire way to damage your relationship with your landlord. This is also true if your guest is a furry friend. Unauthorized pets are never a good idea, and can be cause for eviction. For new roommates, ask if your landlord would be willing to allow a new person if they pass the same tenant screening you went through to stay at the rental. There may also be an additional fee for a roommate especially if utilities are factored into your rent payment.

 

Keeping your landlord happy is definitely in your best interests as a renter. Having a great relationship with your landlord can make your tenancy a breeze, and can put you first in line to keep your dream apartment when your lease is up for renewal.Check out Part 2 to find out the next 5 ways to keep your landlord happy, and how to shine like the dream tenant you can become.

 

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