Good Tenant Practices, Part 1

By: Robert Gagnard

For you and your landlord to have a happy, productive relationship, each party must observe certain policies and practices. Follow our advice to learn how to be the best tenant possible.

-Bring Paperwork-

Arrange a first meeting with your landlord and bring the following paperwork: a completed rental application, which is usually available through the property’s website or rental office; three or more references; and a copy of your credit report. Your landlord will ask for this information anyway and by bringing it preemptively, you will demonstrate foresight and organization.

-Carefully Review Your Lease-

Your lease dictates all terms and conditions that you must follow. Before you sign your lease, review it several times to ensure all terms match those you and your landlord agreed upon.

-Get Everything in Writing-

By writing and signing all agreements, you and your landlord will know and understand what is expected of yourselves, and each other.

-Ask for Repairs-

Short of egregious damage that you inflict, landlords are obligated to keep rented property in excellent condition and to make repairs as quickly as possible. If something on your property malfunctions, contact your landlord right away.

-Understand and Protect Your Privacy Rights-

Part of your lease should include information on privacy, such as when and why your landlord can enter your property. Make sure your landlord provides notice prior to entering your property. Furthermore, you should talk with your landlord to discuss privacy concerns such as permission to enter the property when you are not on the premises.

Good Tenant Practices, Part 2

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