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Are You Ready To Become A Tenant?

  11 Aug 2016

While there is a lot of legal and practical advice available for landlords presenting their property to tenants, there isn’t quite as much information for tenants. This is a shame because many tenants are undertaking a new situation or role in their life, and it would be of benefit for them to know how to make the most out of their new opportunity or status.

Becoming a tenant can be a big step for many people, and it is worthwhile asking are you ready to become a tenant? Here are some tips that will hopefully help you be ready for moving into rented accommodation.

Familiarise yourself with the lease

Paperwork may seem dull and boring but your lease or contract is one of the most important documents you will have in life. There are many conditions and requirements in your lease and if you fail to meet the expectations or requirements, you may find yourself being asked to leave the property.

This is why it is best to thoroughly read the lease before you agree and sign it. Once you familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions, it is important that you meet these conditions. If you breach the contract, your relationship with your landlord may suffer and you may find yourself being asked to leave.

Pay your rent

This isn’t a tip that people should be reminded of but it is such an important tip that it is always worth repeating. If you fail to pay your rent on time or in full, your landlord may be able to take action against you. If you find yourself unable to meet the payment on time and in full every month, you will eventually be evicted.

If you are struggling or there is a month where you need more time to pay your rent, it is best to advise your landlord (or letting agency) of the situation as soon as possible. It may be that your landlord is willing to provide you with additional time or a structured payment plan but if you don’t confront the issue sooner rather than later, they may decide against supporting you or giving you the benefit of the doubt.

Treat your rental property as if you own the property

One of the biggest problems that many tenants have is that they don’t show their rental property enough respect. You should always look to treat our rental property in the manner that you would treat property that you actually own. This should be a courtesy to the landlord and a sign of respect to your landlord but treating the property well can save you money in the long run or make it easier to receive as much of your deposit as you possibly can.

Understand what your landlord can and cannot do

As a tenant, you are entitled to privacy in your property and if a landlord is looking to visit the property, they should provide you with written notice. However, you should also expect a landlord to make visits at the property and it is their right to do so. You should feel as though you can contact your landlord with issues and requests but you should only contact your landlord when you have a genuine need or reason to do so. As much as a tenant has a right of privacy from a landlord, a landlord shouldn’t feel as though a tenant has access to them every hour of the day and night.

You should also be reasonable in what you expect a landlord to do about certain issues and how quickly they can resolve matters. If there is a problem at the property, your landlord may be duty bound to resolve the matter, but this doesn’t mean that they are duty bound to drop everything and resolve the problem there and then.

These are just some basic tips that will help you to be a better tenant and help you determine if you are ready to become a tenant.

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