How to be a good Tenant
Being a tenant can be a simple or complicated experience depending on your attitude. At the end of the day you have signed a legally binding contract between you and the landlord so if you fail in your obligations you can expect to come unstuck but by following these basic guidelines you should have a quiet and comfortable tenancy.
- Read your tenancy agreement before you sign it, understand it and make sure you comply with all the conditions of the tenancy agreement, If you are not happy with any conditions or clauses raise the issue before you sign as once you have signed you will have to abide by the agreement.
- Pay the rent on time every month, or week (as per your contract).
- Do not damage the property or the fixtures and fittings and do not allow friends or guests to cause damage. If you do cause damage, get it fixed or the item replaced. Do not simply ignore it and hope the landlord doesn't find out. You can bet they will, especially if they have taken an inventory.
- Keep your rented property clean and tidy and get rid of all the rubbish promptly. Don't leave rubbish in the garden or driveway, cut the grass and trim the hedges regularly.
- If you have any issues or problems with the property contact your landlord in writing to avoid disputes and misunderstandings.
- Keep copies of all correspondence.
- If you start having problems paying the rent contact the landlord and let them know. Do NOT adopt the Ostrich syndrome. If you let the landlord know they more than likely will be understanding and try to come to some agreement
- Be flexible and understand and co-operative and allow your landlord to enter your rented property for safety or maintenance reasons accepting the proper advance notice.
- Don’t be noisy and loud , so keep noise levels to a minimum.
- Don’t upset the neighbours or other people living close by.
- Get yourself tenants insurance to cover your personal property and the landlord in case you do something silly.
- Give the correct advance notice to your landlord about your intentions to vacate the property, or go on holiday according to the terms of your tenancy agreement.
If you follow these basic guidelines then you should have a long and painless experience with your landlord BUT, if you dont then expect the worst!