How to be a Good Tenant in Your New Place

July 8, 2011  |  
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Eagerly awaiting your next move, you found a rental home well-suited for you at a bargained price! The luxury in renting your own place from a landlord affords high quality living, amenities and an ideal location near suburbia or the city. The stipulations that come with becoming a tenant involve adhering to a lease and providing other non-refundable items while properly caring for the interior and sometimes, the exterior of the space. A good landlord will be evaluating you to see that you follow through on these terms, so here’s what you should do and expect from your prospective humble abode.

1. Carefully re-read the leasing agreement before its signed

Steps in procuring a rental house should be deliberated with your landlord to see if you’re qualified to live there. Usually a landlord will authorize a credit check and a review of your rental history before extending the offer. It will outline your fiscal responsibilities and the rules you must abide by: whether dogs are allowed or if on-site car repairs are allowed. Carefully re-read all the details before signing your name on the dotted-line, as it will indicate you and your landlord are on the same page. And if you’re not, then you’re not ready to sign your life away.

2. Choose responsible roommates

Making decisions on whom to live with (if you need roommates) should be considered in the wake of signing a lease because they will also have to comply with policy demands. So those looking to fill your new space with you can’t be any ‘ol reckless individual. Brief them on the contractual agreement and the rules of being a good tenant. Choosing friends who are most like you will nearly absolve conflicts in the future since you’ll know what to expect.

3. Check to see if the apartment is in good shape before moving in

Inquire with the landlord to see if the property is in good condition. This factor is usually outlined in the leasing agreement. Your objective is to make sure broken fixtures are replaced, the cooler/heater system works, and pest and rodent infestation is nonexistent among other things. This should be discussed with your landlord prior to moving in so you (or your roommates) don’t run into unwarranted problems.

4. If pets are allowed, keep a watchful eye on them

Always be on the lookout for “pet-friendly” dwellings that accept dogs, cats and other small pets. Some places will bar residents from allowing larger pets on the premises if there have been incessant problems in the past between neighbors, or if there were damages resulting in animals gone wild. If you own larger pets, get the approval of your landlord first. It’s vital to keep dogs and cats in a controlled environment.

5. Be aware of your neighbors; keep noise levels down to a minimum

Given that you’re a party-lover who attracts large crowds wherever you go, the amount of company you keep and the level of music you play should be discussed with your landlord before moving in because you want to avoid causing disruptions as much as possible. Inviting a few friends over for special occasions is tolerable if you can keep noise levels down to a minimum. Large crowds usually bring uninvited behavior to a neighbor or landlord who lives within close proximity to you, so be respectful of other people’s right to peace and quiet.

6. Keep your property clean and sanitary

Try establishing “clean-up days” when you’ve got time to spare taking out the trash, doing the laundry and reducing clutter. Of course, the entire household should be devoid of mess, but the two cleanest areas should always be the kitchen and the bathroom because dirt and grime can easily cling to hard to reach surfaces. Always improve your surroundings to prevent infestation.


7. Decorate your living space

So you say you’re in favor of grandiose art paintings as well as dark color schemes to match with your new bedroom set. Better yet, modifying the entire layout of the house sounds like a suitable option to you! Before you carry out this initiative, it can be noted that making major alterations, including putting holes in the walls, are forbidden in rental properties, and will result in additional fees if not consulted by a landlord.

8. Forward references to your landlord if you’ve had a satisfactory living experience

Good tippers are appreciated for giving more than the requested amount to the people that have done a service for them. The same level of respect is attained as a renter. Maintaining a strong rental history with your property owners is just as beneficial for you as it for them. Even after you’ve moved on, they can be good references for prospective renters who are looking for a satisfactory living experience.

9. Always pay on-time

Advanced notices to your property manager should go out before the monthly due date, if you can’t make a payment. Depending on your rental history, a late fee may be waived if you let them know ahead of time, but try not to miss the mark or else you will lose credibility as a renter.

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