3.Treat the property like you own it. Being careful with things that don’t belong to us is something we are taught as children and that should also apply to renting an apartment. Keep the property clean and in good condition. The over-all appearance and atmosphere of the property is a reflection on you and we all want to make the best impression possible.
4.Don’t expect apartment living to be without problems. Unfortunately, some people don’t follow suggestions 1, 2 and 3 very well and that can make it difficult for other tenants. As previously mentioned, you are part of a community and most communities have their “problem child”. You can also expect that things will break. You know that the air conditioner will break on the hottest day and the hot water will stop working the morning you are running late for work. Which leads us to our final point…
5.Communicate…good and bad. Every good relationship is built on good communication. Friends, significant-others and landlords all require communication to maintain a strong relationship. Most landlords want to hear from you, both good and bad. If the maintenance man did a great job fixing that clogged drain, let the landlord know you appreciated the quick and professional response. If your neighbor is keeping you up at night with loud music, let the landlord know that too. Establish good communication with your landlord and you’ll probably get better response when it’s really needed.
Expectations. You have them, your landlord has them, and in every good relationship each person works to make sure everyone is clear about those expectations. If you aren’t sure what your landlord’s expectations are, ask! The old adage “there are no silly questions” really does apply.
About the author: Chuck Rich has over 30 years of experience in residential property management. He operates one of the largest private residential property management companies in the Tri-Cities, TN area including six apartment communities and many rental homes. You can reach him at 423-926-2100 or on-line at www.JohnsonCityApartments.com.