Being a good tenant in your townhome is much more than respecting other’s property. It’s important to your future and your ability to secure other townhome rentals. If you are not a good tenant, you will lose your landlord’s trust. He will never want to do business with you again, which can severely limit your housing options. What can you do to be the perfect tenant?
• Understand the Lease Before Signing It – Many problems can be avoided if you and your landlord are on the same page before you move in. The lease should set reasonable guidelines and expectations for you to follow. Any questions you have should be asked before signing the lease.
• Follow the Lease – Since you understood the lease before moving in, you really do not have an excuse to not follow it. If you break the terms of your lease, your landlord is legally entitled to evict you. You could be held responsible for any unpaid rent left remaining on your lease.
• Pay on Time – The importance of this should go without saying. Paying rent on time is a great way to establish trust and credibility. If you have paid your rent on time for many months and developed a relationship with your landlord, he may be more inclined to let you slide the one time that you are late.
• Respect Your Neighbors – If your landlord is constantly getting complaints about you, you will not a desirable candidate to be kept around. Be sure to empty the trash and keep the noises down. You do not want to be a burden on your landlord.