When you are a short- or long-term renter, your relationship with your landlord is crucial. If you are renting for the short term, your landlord’s opinion of you could impact whether you are offered future rent agreements elsewhere.

If you plan to rent from your landlord for a longer period of time, a landlord who is impressed with you is more likely to be more understanding with you if an issue ever arises, whether you need to pay your rent a little late or you would like to host a larger party. 

Building a good relationship with your landlord can be challenging, but here are a few things you can do to be a responsible tenant and get on your landlord’s good side:

  • Come prepared when you apply for a lease. You will certainly have a better chance of being offered a lease if you come prepared with a Rental Resume containing appropriate personal information, your credit history report, and full letters of reference from your previous landlords.

  • Actually read and understand your lease. Before you sign your lease, spend the time to carefully look over your landlord’s terms and conditions. This will help avoid any misunderstandings if an issue arises later.

  • Honor the terms of your lease. If you break your landlord’s terms and conditions, they may terminate your lease and may possibly even evict you. 

  • Pay your rent on time. No excuses. Your landlord already has plenty to worry about without also having to track you down for the payment you already promised to make. If you miss a rent payment, your landlord may even evict you.

  • Be honest and proactive. If you are struggling financially, just explain that respectfully to your landlord plenty of time before your rent is due. Your landlord may appreciate your transparency and may be willing to work with you or let you pay your rent a little late. 

  • Respect your landlord’s noise policy. Your landlord may designate a certain time period each night as the property’s quiet hours, so avoid hosting larger gatherings or making loud noises during those hours. Keep in mind, respecting your neighbors’ peace and quiet also makes life easier for your landlord. 

  • Maintain a clean rental property. Incorporate regular cleaning into your weekly schedule. If the rental property has carpet, avoid doing things that could stain the carpet and vacuum weekly. 

  • Be careful not to damage your rental property. Treat the rental property as if it were your own home. Don’t be reckless or misuse the appliances your landlord has provided. After all, you may be responsible for some of the repair costs. If you want to make any changes to the rental property, like hanging wall art, check with your landlord first.
  • Dispose of garbage, debris, and other waste in a timely manner. Out of respect for your landlord and other tenants, don’t let your garbage build excessively. If you have pets, pick up after them. Some landlords may even offer specified dog waste stations.
  • Notify your landlord about maintenance needs. Don’t try to make the repairs yourself, as you may cause even more damage. Instead, notify your landlord promptly after you notice a problem so the designated maintenance crew can respond to the issue properly.
  • Submit requests for your landlord in writing. Whether you are submitting a maintenance request or asking whether you can host a guest, this helps your landlord (and you) remain organized by creating a paper trail of your correspondence.
  • If someone isn’t listed on your lease, don’t let them live with you. Your lease is created to protect both you and your landlord. If you plan to host a long-term guest, be transparent with your landlord. 
  • Don’t bombard your landlord with complaints. Your comfortability and satisfaction are not your landlord’s sole priority. Try to resolve issues on your own before respectfully approaching your landlord. Try to act with as much patience and kindness as you would hope to receive from your landlord or another tenant if they had an issue with you. 
  • Get renter’s insurance. Not only will this help you save money if your belongings are damaged in an accident, but it will mean your landlord won’t be stuck with the bill if you cannot afford to cover the damages.
  • Move out promptly and respectfully. When it’s time for you to move out, do so at the time you’ve agreed upon with your landlord. Give your landlord advanced notice that you will be moving out, and leave the property in as good condition as it was when you moved in. This is a good way to ensure your landlord will offer a good reference for your next rental application.

As long as you respect your neighbors, obey the terms of your lease, and communicate honestly and transparently with your landlord, being a good renter should be easy. If you’re thinking of leasing a short-term or long-term rental in Wilmington, Network Real Estate has you covered. From condos in Carolina and Kure Beach to homes in Pine Valley, we have plenty of options for all kinds of renters. Find out more by giving our rental agents a call at 910-395-4100.