Carefully Consider Your Next Landlord
When you’re living in a rental apartment, finding the right landlord can sometimes feel like an arduous task. Most of us have had the experience of trying to deal with a less than desirable one, and if you’ve been there yourself, you know how difficult it can make your life feel. So, before you move out in search of the next best thing, take the time to learn what traits you should be looking for (and looking out for) so that you can enjoy a harmonious existence with the collector of your rent!
If you want to schedule a tour at a rental apartment, the first thing you’re going to need is access to the property. This means that you’ll be looking for a landlord who is proactive and prompt when it comes to returning phone calls and getting things scheduled. If you’ve left several messages or waited a week and heard nothing back, this is probably a pretty good indicator that your potential new landlord doesn’t see you as a priority. Starting off on shaky ground like that is no way to start a tenant/landlord relationship.
If you’ve managed to wrangle your landlord and set up a tour of the rental apartment in question, the next thing you’ll want to pay attention to is his/her punctuality. A landlord who shows up a few minutes early indicates that they want to get the space ready for you and ensure that you have a positive first impression. One who ambles in well past your scheduled time is giving off the vibe that your time is not as valuable as theirs. Again, that’s not a great way to start off, particularly being that first impressions really are everything.
Nothing should turn you away from a rental property quicker than a landlord who seems to have a hidden agenda. Your initial meeting (and every one thereafter) with your landlord should give off an air of professionalism. This person is not your friend, and neither are you theirs. Entering into a lease agreement is a business transaction and should be treated that way. A landlord who wants to buddy up or asks too many personal questions should be a red flag to walk…no, run…in another direction.
Once you’ve toured the rental apartment and fallen in love, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Your landlord likely already has a basic lease written which documents the general rules and expectations he/she has of their tenants. If, however, the lease is set in stone with no wiggle room or space for improvements, you might want to take that into consideration. For example, if the lease entails that only dogs under 25 pounds are welcome, and your pup weighs in at 28, is this going to cause an unsolvable problem? Tackling these issues early on will help to show you how you and your landlord will handle conflict resolution down the road.
A good landlord will have procedures set up to handle any unfortunate circumstances that may arise while you are living there. This might mean noise complaints, parking dilemmas, or unexpected middle-of-the-night leaks and/or other emergencies. If there isn’t a protocol clearly outlined in your lease, this might be something you want to bring up prior to signing anything. Living in a rental apartment can become a nightmare quickly if your landlord isn’t prepared to help you resolve potential issues.
Another positive trait you’ll want to see in your potential landlord is organization. If your landlord can’t find the key, shows up with a stack of messy paperwork for you to sign, or hasn’t properly documented the time and/or date of your meeting, this could also indicate that he or she may not be the best fit for you. If they’re forgetful of you now, how do you think situations in the future will be handled?
Lastly, look for a landlord that you get a good initial vibe from. If they can look you in the eye, answer your questions with honesty and integrity, and keep the small talk going as you cruise through the rental apartment, there’s a good chance you may have found the right place! Remember, a landlord can truly make or break the rental experience, so choose wisely.
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