Dealing with a difficult landlord
You’ve just signed your lease with your new landlord. Then you’ve realized that he or she is a little more difficult to tolerate than your previous landlords. What could you do to be on good terms with him or her? Here are some points you can follow.
Be a good tenant. Without saying much, this should naturally come from you as the tenant. This includes following the rules set by the landlord. This means paying both rent and utilities on time and keeping the apartment clean and even the outside tidy.
You also have to deal with the following rules when you have guests and when you need to make changes. Before you sign the lease, you should ask any other questions that may be on your mind, such as whether pets are allowed, whether it is acceptable to hang wall decorations, or any other relevant things.
Be communicative. As a tenant, you should always go the extra mile when it comes to building a closer relationship with your landlord. If that means inviting him over when there are special occasions, then so be it. If that means saying hello or hello every time you see him, do it.
Be honest and concise with your needs. While it is the landlord’s responsibility to check that their rental property is in good condition, there are times when a tenant needs to speak up about their needs. However, this should be stated in a very polite and honest manner. For example, if there are leaks in your water line, ask the landlord to fix it. You can ask if there is a need to contact a plumber from your side and if he will bear the charges for the service. If you will bear the service charges, will they be deducted from your monthly rental fee.
If there are times when the landlord seems hard to reach or simply uncooperative for your needs, you should follow existing state laws regarding rental properties. There are provisions where you may be able to file complaints.
Be prepared with documentation. In cases where your landlord becomes very difficult to deal with your requests, then you should be ready with documentation. It will help a lot to take pictures of the damage in your place where you want the repair. You should record dates and specific times when you had conversations with the landlord about your concerns.
A landlord-tenant relationship is like any other form of relationship that needs understanding on both sides. If not, there will be misunderstandings and a gap will be created between the two parties until the relationship becomes unhealthy.
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