How to Be on Good Terms With Your Landlord

Renters often underestimate the power and importance of building a good relationship with their landlords/property managers and the ways that it can affect their day to day living experience. Although disputes between landlords/property managers and tenants are not uncommon, it happens much too often for anyone’s liking and causes turmoil for both parties involved.

It takes a great deal of energy and time to deal with displeased landlords/property managers, which is definitely not a situation you want to get caught up in. Why enter into hostile combat if bad blood can easily be avoided simply by respecting and following lease terms and policies set out from the start?

It is in your long-term best interest to remain friendly with your landlord/property manager, so here are some necessary insider tips on how to develop and maintain a harmonious relationship with your landlord:

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be timely, pay rent on time
  3. Be understanding
  4. Stay on top of repairs
  5. Abide by the rules and terms of the lease
  6. Be honest
  7. Mind your attitude, be patient

Sometimes fate isn’t always so generous and we are confronted with landlords/property managers who refuse to cooperate regardless of (positive) tenant behavior. In these extreme cases, the only thing you can do is review your lease contract to figure out where you stand. The worst scenario is that you will need to find a new property with a better landlord/property manager, but this is usually a rare exception. As long as positive communication is reinforced, the relationship between landlord/property manager and tenant can be highly satisfying.