And WHY you should care….
Oh, the stories we all hear about how terrible landlords can be – and some of them probably are. At Golden Realty though, we’re lucky to be able to work with a lot of owners who are not only really great people – they’re really great landlords too! Since February is the “month of love” we would like to share with you the Top 3 Ways to Make Your Landlord Love You!
- Landlords are People Too! First and foremost, keep in mind that landlords are people too. They have every day problems in life just like everyone else. We don’t all have all of the same problems of course, but problems aren’t unique to any one person or family. And, it’s a bit pointless to try to compare one person’s problems with another’s – each person is wrapped up in their own world including their own problems, and they all seem important. If you had a chance to get to know your landlord, you’d find that he or she is just another person on this planet trying to make it through a day in the best way possible. The thing about landlords though is that they seem to have some power over tenants. In reality, that’s not quite true. A deal between a landlord and a tenant is just that – both parties have made an agreement and both parties have certain obligations to live up to. For the most part, tenants find that as long as they live up to their end of the bargain, landlords will too.
- Don’t be Late! Oftentimes, just like tenants, landlords have financial obligations that are time sensitive – like mortgage payments on the property a tenant is living in. That means your landlord may be counting on your rent payment so that he or she can turn it around to pay the mortgage payment for the property you’re living in. You didn’t think the landlord got the property for free did you? Perhaps a few lucky landlords inherited property or otherwise came into a windfall, but most didn’t. They’ve worked hard all their lives to provide for themselves and their families and the property they own is very important to them. You likely have one payment to make on time – your rent. Landlords on the other hand have a whole set of property obligations to deal with and pay on time, for example, mortgage payments, insurance premiums, real estate taxes, maintenance, etc. So, bottom line, paying your rent on time will be one of the best ways to create goodwill with your landlord. Plus, you’ve probably heard the old saying, “what goes around comes around.” In this case, that could mean that if you are ever facing a dire situation where you just can’t pay your rent on time, your landlord is going to be much more understanding and willing to work with you if you have a good history of paying on time and in full.
- Show a Little Love! Houses, apartments, condominium units – they all need plenty of on-going care and maintenance in order to keep them in good shape day after day and year after year. The care and maintenance of rental units is a two-part obligation. As a tenant, depending on what you negotiated in your rental agreement, you may be responsible for some part of the care and maintenance of the unit you live in. Sometimes it is as simple as just not doing any damage to the unit beyond normal wear and tear. Other times, a tenant is responsible for the care and maintenance of certain parts of the property and perhaps even certain appliances. On the other hand, landlords are usually responsible for the structure itself as well as major components of the structure. If something needs repaired, tenants should always let the landlord know about it. However, if a tenant has any particular skill with doing such repairs, the landlord may be more than willing to work out a mutually beneficial deal that will save everyone time and money. Always ask permission first before making any repairs or changes as the landlord may have particular reasons for doing things another way. Alternatively, it doesn’t take a lot of skill or knowledge to do a few little “extras” that may create goodwill with your landlord. For example, there are little things that a person living in a rental unit sees on a daily basis that are easily repaired or maintained without much energy or expense. Letting your landlord know that you did a few tiny little “extras” around the house from time to time can go a long way toward creating good will – and that can come in handy when you really need it!