For a lot of people; renting a new home can be a daunting process. As well as all the usual admin hassle and the huge overhaul of actually moving, you are then starting a relationship with a stranger. Your landlord. It’s such an important relationship, and when you add finances into the mix; things can get seriously tricky.
So today I wanted to share with you my four tips for dealing with a new landlord, in collaboration with HomeLet.co.uk and their #RentalInsights campaign. After renting in a variety of homes with different landlords, and having a wide range of experiences; I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two which may help others!
4 Tips for dealing with a new landlord
1. Introduce yourself properly. A lot of the time people go through an estate agency, get a new home, get the keys, and never meet the landlord – OR – simply do a quick meet when signing the tenancy agreement. I get it, it’s business as usual and can be tempting to just leave it at that. But I’ve found it makes a HUGE difference properly meeting the landlord, introducing yourself (and your partner, family, etc) and giving a really friendly first impression. Too often landlords can see people as just another pay check; but you can start off a great relationship by having a friendly chat and letting them know you’re a good, reliable person who isn’t going to ruin their property!
2. Do no damage! I mean, duh. But this applies to small things too that you may not think about. Be really picky about how you decorate, making sure to keep the property in great condition for however long you’re there. For example; want to hang a picture up on the wall? Consider using blu-tac for prints, or buy those sticky back tab hooks for frames. It means that once you move you’re not having to deal with holes in the wall, which may affect your deposit!
3. Ask permission. Be really considerate, and ask your landlord for permission before making any changes! Checking if they’re okay over shelves in the wall, painting the rooms, or re-tiling can sometimes feel like overkill, but it will be so worth it! It’ll show your landlord you are taking care of the place, respect their opinions, and want to do whats best for both of you.
4. Be honest. If you have any issues with your property; tell your landlord! That’s what they are there for. In my last rented flat, I had built up a great relationship with our landlord; and so when I got in touch with him to complain over the running water, boiler issues, or any small damages (not done by me) – he took me seriously. He was quick to help me out, and treated me like a valued tenant.
(Psst, other little tips to make your landlord want to help you out more include; sending Christmas cards and leaving a bottle of wine and thank you card when you leave – to ensure they look kindly upon you when sorting your deposit back!)
These are simply my own little tips based on my experiences, which have worked for me. I’d love to know some tips you guys have learned along the way when dealing with landlords and renting property, so be sure to let me know!
A huge thank you to HomeLet for supporting this blog, and to my readers for supporting the brands that work with me! 🙂