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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