Tips for House Renters

When you rent, the property is not yours. You need to be careful not to destroy it or to build a bad image to the landlord. It is also important the you know your rights as a tenant.  Here are some tips for house renters: 

  1. Understand the applicable Landlord-Tenant ordinances in your area. This is the best way for you to know your rights and responsibilities. 
  2. Check for structural damage, maintenance issues, and neighborhood concerns. Inspect for possible leaks in the roof and pipes, insulation, plumbing (water pressure, toilet flush, etc.), electrical wiring, foundation condition, among others. Bring up any concern to the landlord and ask when it can be fixed. Do a re-inspection before signing an agreement. 
  3. Make sure that you completely understand the lease agreement before signing it. The lease agreement is the contract that is legally binding on both you and your landlord. Read it carefully and clarify causes that can be possibly unfair to you.  Consult a real estate lawyer to make sure that the contract is fair for both parties. 
  4. Pay your rent on time. This is one of the biggest issues that a landlord has with his tenants. You are legally obligated to pay your rent on or before the due date. There are many ways to pay it including cash, cheques, or electronic transfers. To avoid paying late, you can set-up an automatic deduction from your account going to your landlord’s account a few days after your salary comes in. Whichever mode of payment you choose, always keep the receipt. 
  5. Create a good relationship with your landlord. This doesn’t mean that you need to befriend him. It only means that you need to do your part as a tenant and treat him with respect. If you can find difficulty managing your finances to pay your rent on time, bring it up to your landlord. Many landlords can arrange possible options including extending your due date. The point is do not do anything that can make the landlord really hate you.
  6. Document all communications you have with your landlord, says Boerne realtors. Even if you have a good relationship with your landlord, it is advisable that you keep records of any correspondence with him. This is your way to protect yourself should your relationship with your landlord become ugly.
  7. Be friendly to your neighbors. If you need help or you want someone to talk to, your neighbors are just a few steps away.