There are a lot of ups and downs to renting a place, and most of them have to do with who you’re renting from. If you’d like things to go smoothly, here are three ways to maintain a good relationship with your landlord.
1. Look At Their Side
Try to understand both sides of a situation. It’s easy to assume you’re the only one facing problems but that isn’t always the case.
It’s important that both parties try to understand where the other is coming from and compromise when possible. See if you and your landlord can come to a solution that’s beneficial for both of you.
2. Resolve Disputes Outside Of Court
Court cases are expensive and time-consuming for both of you. If you can avoid it by having a sit-down talk, it’ll save you a lot. Here are some tactics to resolve disputes.
The first attempt to settle a problem out of court should be a negotiation.
If negotiating doesn’t work, don’t give up. You can move on to mediation.
Mediation is like negotiation, but instead of you and your landlord discussing the problem you’ll bring in a third party.
If mediation also fails and no solution can be reached, you’ll have to reevaluate and decide if the issue is worth going to court over. That will most likely be the end of any chance of a good working relationship so everyone should consider it carefully.
3. Live Up To Your Obligations
Most of the time, the best way to maintain a good relationship with your landlord is simply to live up to your obligations as a renter.
Read and understand the terms you agree to when you sign a lease and do your best to live up to them.
A good relationship of any kind begins with effort. Take the time to use these three tactics when dealing with your landlord so you can maintain a good relationship during your stay.