Being a good tenant has a lot of benefits. You can get help from your landlord or agent easier. You can get a connection that may point you to another good unit in the future. You could even get a discount or delay on future payments. Being a good tenant may take some extra effort but it is worth the trouble. Here’s a couple of ways to be a good tenant.
1. Clean up
First of all, no one likes to clean up after others. Thus, if you don’t want to clean up the past tenant’s mess, clean up your own mess. Some landlords help in cleaning the unit, and a frequently dirty unit will not lift their mood. A good tenant will keep the unit in roughly the same cleanliness they got it in if not cleaner.
2, Don’t destroy
You may be able to live with a destroyed furniture or appliance, but the landlord and future tenant may not. When you destroy a part of the unit, the landlord will have to fix it for future tenants. This fix may even be sponsored from your own pocket. Whether it was or not, the landlord will have to wait for the fix before they could rent it out again. Thus, when you destroy the property, you’re not going to be currying any favors with the landlord. A good tenant will keep everything functional.
3. Don’t cause trouble for the neighbors
Even when in someone else’s house, you should treat your new neighbors like your own. If you make too much noise, the neighbors may complain directly to you, or to the landlord. Even worse, the neighbors could complain to the management, putting the landlord in a bigger mess. This could easily anger the landlord and if it happens too frequently, may even get you evicted. A good tenant will make minimal noise, and if required, will inform the neighbors.
4. Don’t engage in illegal activities
It should be obvious, but don’t engage in unsavory activities in someone else’s house. Legal actions can be taken which may involve both you and the landlord, costing both of your time and money. This could even lead you to be blacklisted and not able to get another rental unit in the future.
5. Pay your rent
Don’t forget to pay your rent on time. If you want to be a good tenant and get rental discounts or some leniency on your rental payment date, you have to show that this is a one time occurrence. This can be done by paying your rent on time, proving that you’re indeed a good tenant but there are some unnatural situations, such as Covid-19. In this aspect rental collection websites such as RentGuard can help. This is because RentGuard has a direct debit system which collects automatically, so you won’t ever forget about paying again. there’s also a schedule that carries over from your past tenancy which could prove your on-time-payments.
Finally, it is most important as a good tenant to maintain communication with your landlord. You don’t have to go out of your way to make friends with them, just answer their questions when they come. For example, your boss at job may be uncooperative with your salary so rental payments may be forced to be delayed. Your landlord won’t know this and can’t help you if you don’t tell them. There may also be an accident with the appliances which was out of your control, the landlord won’t know that if you don’t tell them and they will assume it was your fault.
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