There are many eye-watering stories about landlords out there and you may even have some of your own if you have ever been a renter, but there are some simple steps to take to provide a great experience for both you and your tenant.
If you are considering becoming a landlord for the first time, you may need to speak to someone about conveyancing Maidstone or elsewhere in the UK. Firms such as Sam Conveyancing can guide you through the process.
There is also information available at, on the practical aspects of being a landlord.
So to our four traits:
1 Don’t be a helicopter landlord
There is a balance to strike between giving tenants their space and being available when needed. Some landlords will constantly be asking to gain access to the property. On the other hand, others will be hard to contact even in an emergency or when routine repairs and maintenance are needed.
2 Clear documentation
An effective landlord will provide clear documentation to their tenants. Rather than unprofessional photocopies covered with handwritten amendments, clear, simple and comprehensive documentation can simplify the entire process for both renter and landlord. Difficult questions will be headed off from the start, and it is worth remembering that if it’s not in writing, then it could be the subject of debate and discussion, adding time and inefficiency.
3 Stay on top of maintenance
A good landlord will ensure the property at the start of the tenancy is clean, tidy and safe. It is also essential to stay on top of maintenance and be aware that there may be unexpected costs, ranging from issues with the plumbing or electrical system to storm damage.
4 Responsive service
The best landlords recognise that their tenants are the drivers of their income. A great tenant who pays on time is invaluable and can provide a reliable income over a protracted period. As with any client relationship, looking after them is essential.
5 Be transparent about past issues
As the landlord, you will know things about the property that a tenant might not. It is always best to be transparent as if things come to light later down the line – such as mould or bad plumbing. Issues are far more readily addressed when the tenant is on-side.
6 Be reasonable with property condition
There is a difference between genuine wear and tear and actual damage. A good landlord will be fair and not try and push for more than is reasonable. You should never try and withhold deposit funds for reasonable wear and tear, even if it can be frustrating to spend money on property maintenance that you may not have budgeted for.
7 Keep a respectful distance
No tenant wants to feel as though their landlord is looking over their shoulder, avoid dropping in and keep inspections to agreed times organised in advance.
8 Provide some flexibility when necessary
There may be times when you are called on for a bit of flexibility with rental payments. If the tenant has a good track record and has something unexpected come up, you may want to agree to an arrangement that suits everyone in order to maintain the relationship while giving them time to address the issue.
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