Ways to keep a peaceful relationship between tenant and landlord

With house prices soaring and it becoming increasingly hard to get your foot on the property ladder, it’s no surprise that renting is becoming more popular. I think we have all heard renting horror stories, even more so given the spate of “landlord from hell” style TV shows at present, and yet renting can be a positive experience and a great choice for you and your family.

Whilst we are very fortunate to own our own home, I have rented privately in the past. I was lucky to have a great relationship with our landlord and I think that came from being honest about our expectations from each other.

I have been working with www.homelet.co.uk and their latest campaign #RentingRules and sharing advice on how to maintain a peaceful relationship with your landlord. I asked a group of bloggers to share their tips when it comes to landlords and renting.

Do your research on a property before you move in. If it already looks run down then its likely the landlord isn’t keeping on top of the upkeep! – Nadia. 

Be honest with them when there are issues or when something has gone wrong. Keep those lines of communication open. – Emma 

Try not to complain about the little jobs that need doing, just get on with them yourself. It will hopefully make the landlord a little more quick with fixing the bigger things that go wrong. – Ayse

After having trouble with my landlord I started keeping every contact we had via email. That way there was always proof and protection for both sides of need be, I found this helped a lot and didn’t feel so vulnerable. – Emma

Be sure to read your lease agreement thoroughly before you sign and amend any points you aren’t happy. If you can iron out your differences before signing it makes for a smoother rental agreement. – Lucy

Request regular inspections throughout your tenancy to ensure that the property is maintained on both sides. – Sarah 

From a landlords perspective, keep lines of communication open. If there is an issue raise it most landlords are pretty reasonable. We have lives too! I had a tenant who used to call me at all hours of the day a night about minor issues. That only serves to get people off on the wrong foot. – Laura 

Be realistic. Use your initiative and don’t have unrealistic expectations, e.g they’re going to build you an extension or buy you the top of the range washing machine with matching dryer! – Beth 

I think the main advice I would give personally, is to look after your rental home as though it is your own property. Respect the fixtures and fittings, stay on top of all maintenance, and most of all, pay your rent in full and on time!!

 

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11 Comments

  1. January 16, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    We recently moved into a new property and the amount of issues we have had in the last month has been crazy! Wish I’d have had this list back then! Haha! X

  2. January 16, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    We are very lucky and have a lovely landlord currently, but I’ve had some nightmare ones in the past! I’m very house proud and have always treated every property as if it were our very own and I wouldn’t dream of it being any other way! Very useful tips here! x

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 17, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      I agree, its sad that some people dont treat rental properties with respect! Good for you. cx

  3. January 17, 2018 / 9:57 am

    I definitely agree with keeping a written record of communication! So important xo

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 17, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Yes me too, it’s important to stay protected! xx

  4. Georgina
    January 17, 2018 / 11:49 am

    This is such a good post. Both my parents are landlords and that relationship is so crucial to keep sweet for all parties!

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 17, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Yes I agree, a good relationship is just healthier all round! xx

  5. January 17, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    This is such a good idea for a post! We rented for a year when we first moved in together and the landlord was a bit of a c**t! We now own our own house so it makes things a lot easier, but a hell of a lot more expensive! Haha.

    Rachael

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 18, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Oh god that must have been a nightmare! That’s the upside to paying a mortgage! xx

  6. January 17, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Agree with this strongly . Luckily we have great landlords now but that hasn’t always been the case

    • Laura Dove
      Author
      January 18, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      It must be so hard when you don’t get on with your landlord! xx

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