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December 13, 2022

How to get along with your landlord

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There are disadvantages to leasing or renting a home from a landlord. It doesn't have to be a bad experience, though. You should speak with your landlord, conduct a walkthrough of the property, and ensure you're satisfied with everything before you sign a lease and decide to rent the space.

Ensure you read the lease properly before signing

Keep in mind that landlords are also people, so treat them with courtesy. Keep reading for further tips on how to get along with your landlord and maintain a cordial relationship.

  • Be respectful
  • Read your lease properly.
  • Pay your rent on time.
  • Address concerns respectfully.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Document everything.
  • Always double-check all documents.
  • Take care of the house as if it were your own.

Be respectful

Most harmonious relationships are built on respect since it reflects your integrity. Landlords, as we have established, are also people, and they ought to be treated as such. Talk respectfully with your landlord if you have any problems or worries regarding the property. Furthermore, address anything personal that may be preventing you from maintaining the property or from being able to make payments on time.

When addressing your landlord or asking a question, show respect. Your landlord will treat you with the same respect that you do. Never act as though they are doing you a favor; failing to be respectful will make your stay unpleasant, and you don't want that.

Read your lease properly.

This is crucial to accomplish since a lease outlines both your obligations as a tenant and the obligations of the landlord. Call the landlord and ask them to explain the lease to you if you don't understand it, or get a close friend or relative to read the lease carefully with you. 

Always read the terms and conditions of the lease so you are aware of what is expected of you and what maintenance you will be liable for. Your lease will also specify the length of your lease as well as the amount of rent you must pay. Respect the terms and follow the guidelines therein.

Pay your rent on time.

Rent payment is another essential task that must be completed promptly. Pay on time to minimize hassles because the landlord also has expenses to cover. When you sign a lease, you are aware of what is expected of you and how payments are to be made. Inform your landlord right away if you are having trouble paying your rent or are falling behind so that you can make other arrangements. 

If you respectfully communicate with your landlord and explain that you won't be able to pay the rent on time, they could understand and agree to let you pay it later or pay what you can now and make up the difference the following month. However, avoid doing this frequently as you have to abide by the terms as you have agreed to them.

Address any concerns respectfully.

Communication is the key to a harmonious relationship between you and your landlord. Any issues you have should still be able to be respectfully addressed; doing so will facilitate the process. Make a list of all your worries so you can address them all at once. When discussing everything with your landlord, be kind; you don't want to come out as obstinate or demanding.

Record everything that you want to address with your landlord

Before voicing your concerns, be sure you have read the contract and aren't doing anything that falls within your purview. Ask for a meeting when you call your landlord in advance. Have everything written out before the meeting, and behave accordingly when speaking.

Don't be afraid to ask for help.

This goes hand in hand with being respectful in your communication. Never be reluctant to contact your landlord for assistance if you need help with anything around the house. The majority of landlords are willing to assist where they can, and since this is their "home," they'll probably take extra care to keep it in good condition and will appreciate it if you do the same. 

Document everything

Always keep a backup of your data. You must have all the required paperwork, including payment receipts and maintenance invoices. For the protection of both you and the landlord in the event of a dispute, make sure to preserve records of everything about the property. Keep track of and note down any conversations you have with your landlord as well.

Always double check

Double-check to be sure your landlord has received the rent, any necessary repairs, and any other outstanding payments. This will be of great use to you because there could occasionally be a delay in transactions, resulting in your landlord not receiving the money until after it is due. So it makes sense to preserve copies and send proofs. 

Additionally, check with your landlord to see if any changes you have in mind, such as painting or tearing down walls, are permitted, especially if they aren't specified in your lease. Major modifications that violate the terms of the lease should not be undertaken.

Take good care of the house as if it were your own

Don't treat someone else's home like trash only because you live there. Because you will spend most of your time there, you should always treat it as if you own it. Do adequate upkeep, cleaning, and maintenance on the house. By doing this, you will earn your landlord's respect and trust while avoiding disagreements and confrontations. 

Do not rent if you cannot care for the possessions that others have entrusted to you. Owning a property and maintaining it only to have someone enter and undo all your hard work is terrible, so maintain the property well, and you won't run into any issues with your landlord.


Because landlords are also people, they deserve respect. Disputes with your landlord are the worst thing you could do because they might make your stay uncomfortable. When approaching any problem or discussing any issue with your landlord, you should be respectful; if you are, they will probably assist you. 

Don't forget to take notes, keep records, and pay your rent on time. This is for your security. As though it were your own, take good care of the house. Maintain it as necessary, and always discuss any issues openly with your landlord.

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