How to be a good tenant?

At Andrews, we often have landlords say that they want a ‘good tenant’ to rent their property, but what does that actually mean? Here are just a few ways you can make sure you’re a ‘good tenant’ and start your relationship off with your landlord on the right path.

Communicate and be honest

You must be honest when submitting your application, it may be tempting to bend the truth to make yourself look like a more appealing tenant but honesty is always the best policy. Also, if there’s something you don’t understand, whether that’s about your contract, a property or anything else then speak with the agent. If you’re becoming a tenant for the first time it can feel like a daunting experience but they’ve been through it hundreds of times before and there’s no such thing as a silly question.

Understand your contract

Actually reading and understanding your contract will help try and prevent any issues arising throughout your tenancy. Your contract is a legally binding document, so it’s important to fully understand what you’re agreeing to before you sign it. Again, if you have any queries just ask.

Be timely

Paying your rent on time is one of the most basic elements of being a good tenant. Organising for your rent to be paid on time each month can save a lot of time for both you and your landlord.

Maintain the property

Remember that this is both yours and the landlords home, and it’s therefore important to treat it as such. Keeping the property clean and well maintained is important. Landlords understand that normal wear and tear of living in the property will happen, but it’s important to do your best to keep it in good condition. If any problems arise then speak with your landlord or letting agent as soon as possible. Deciding not to declare a maintenance issue is likely to cause more issues in the end.

One rule that will set you up to be a good tenant is to treat the rental property as you would if you owned it. Being a good tenant can make the tenancy much smoother for both you and your landlord.