How To Be A Good Tenant

How to be a good tenantNothing will make your landlord happier than having a good relationship with a solid tenant. Part of that is for the renter to learn how to be a good tenant.

The tenant-landlord relationship can be rather formal. There are obviously legal obligations held by both landlords and tenants that must be met in order for the relationship to be considered successful in a certain sense. But some people just have to go above and beyond. Whether it is because they highly value others’ opinion of them or they simply want to be the best possible person in a given situation for its own sake, some are curious as to what makes a “good” tenant. These prospective good tenants will read this list carefully while landlords everywhere nod in agreement.

Honesty

In any personal or professional relationship, honesty is often the best policy. This is especially true of landlord-tenant relationships. Honesty is a characteristic of tenants that can override many problems that happen over the course of a rental agreement. In a perfect world, issues like lay payments or things broken due to carelessness wouldn’t happen. These things do happen though, and most landlords understand. Most landlords are able to work through issues with tenants as long is the tenant is honest about the situation and their willingness to rectify it.

Reliability

While most landlords would agree that honesty helps remedy many difficult situations, most would also agree that the less these situations arise, the better. Two of the more common issues that arise between landlords and tenants are late payments and property damage. If, in the course of the official relationship, a tenant is able to pay their rent on time and avoid any property damage, nine times out of ten the landlord will consider them to be a good tenant. Being considered a good tenant comes with more than peace of mind, too! It is easy to forget in the moment, but tenants may need to rent a different property from a different landlord in the future and will need reference letters. Former landlords who can vouch for your honesty and reliability can make this a smooth process.

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