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Useful tips for ways you can be a great tenant.

Published: 07/07/2018

Knowing how to be a good tenant before, during and after you rent a property will ensure that you have a good relationship with your landlord and are protected against unnecessary fees or lost deposits.

Below are some tips on how to be a good tenant:

Read your tenancy agreement and understand it as a tenant, it is your responsibility to make sure you read and understand the terms of your tenancy agreement with your landlord/agent. However, a good landlord/agent will make sure you understand the terms of your agreement and be clear about their expectations. Understanding the terms will ensure you do not break the agreement or put yourself at risk of getting in trouble with your landlord/agent.

Tenancy agreements should state:

  • The length of the tenancy.
  • The rent amount per month.
  • The deposit amount.
  • The allowance of pets in the rental, and the landlord’s expectations of cleanliness and maintenance.

You should make sure you are clear about these requirements and are comfortable with them before you sign the tenancy agreement.

More tips on being a good tenant;

  • Pay your rent on time each month - If there is a problem paying your rent its best to communicate with the landlord/agent as soon as possible and be honest. This way they are more likely to offer you some flexibility.
  • When in doubt, ask; If you want to do something not clearly covered in your tenancy agreement or the property rules, ask first. It’s best not to assume that you can paint the bedroom or wallpaper the bathroom.
  • Do not exploit the rules; violating clearly stated rules such as number of pets permitted is a no-no penalty may be assessed and you may make enemies of your neighbours.
  • Treat the place as if it were your own. Do not abuse the property, keep it clean and report any repair issues to the landlord/agent promptly.
  • Do be a good neighbour keep the noise level down and be considerate of your neighbours.
  • Try to be flexible and accommodate your landlord/agents need to access to the property to do safety checks and repairs.