Top tips on how to be a good tenant

Posted: 18/07/2012

We are  often told what not to do when renting but Pali has created a blog packed full with top tips on how to become the best tenant you can! And let’s face it, it can only work in your favour!

Pali's first top tip is to read through your tenancy agreement carefully before you sign it. After all, you’re signing a legally binding contact between you and your landlord and if you fail to comply with the obligations, things can become complicated. However, if you read the tenancy agreement and find something you’re not happy with then you must raise the issue with the landlord before you sign the contract.

Probably the most obvious piece of advice is to pay your rent on time. This will show that you are reliable and trustworthy.

The third top tip is to try your best not to damage the property itself or any fixtures and fittings. However, if you or your guests do damage an item, get it replaced and most importantly, do not ignore it. Don’t be foolish and hope the landlord doesn’t notice because they will have created an inventory of the items and their conditions in the property before you moved in.

The fourth top tip is to keep your property clean and tidy without forgetting the garden/driveway if you have one and remove any rubbish promptly. Be flexible when your landlord wants to visit the property, they may want to carry out maintenance or extra safety measures. However, if you feel that you’re constantly being hassled, you can contact your local council for help and advice.

The next top tip from Pali is to write to your landlord if you have any problems with the property to avoid disputes and misunderstandings and keep copies of all the correspondence.

The sixth top tip is to let your landlord know if your're having problems paying the rent. Don’t miss a payment and hope the landlord doesn’t notice. If you let your landlord know, you may be able to come to an agreement.

Another obvious but important top tip is not to be noisy because upsetting the neighbours will only go against you. Your neighbours could complain to your landlord and you could receive a warning or worse, you could be contacted by the police for noise disruption offences.

Pali’s eighth top tip is to get tenants insurance to cover your personal belongings.

The last top tip is to give the correct advance notice when informing your landlord you intend to vacate the property or if you’re going on holiday for a certain amount of time. The time scale for letting the landlord know your vacating the property will be listed in your tenancy agreement.

That concludes Pali’s top tips on how to be a good tenant and if you follow these tips you should have a simple renting experience! If you have any other tips, please feel free to comment and share your advice with other renters.

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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