Build rapport with your landlord
We understand that the market is a competitive one. So, once you've secured a rental property it's important to build a good rapport with your landlord. You want to ensure you are a great tenant so they will not only continue your tenancy, but also recommend you to future landlords. To help you with your journey, we've got five top tips on how to do just that:
1. Communicate, plan and schedule your first inspection
Ahead of moving into your new home, confirm with your landlord how they'd prefer to communicate; via email, text or phone call. Next, if you haven't already finalised a pre-inspection, it's a great idea to schedule one in. This should take place with yourself, other tenants and the landlord. You'll have the opportunity to go through the property, take pictures of blemishes and note down anything which wouldn't normally pass an inspection. It pays to check if there are working smoke alarms installed and obtain the insulation report. Make sure you keep a copy of all images and documentation, just in case you end up at odds with the owner.
2. Ongoing inspections
Inspections normally take place on a bi-annual or quarterly basis. Remember that an inspection only requires 48 hours' notice from the landlord, also it can only take place between 8am and 7pm. It's a short notice period, so it's best to form a good relationship with your landlord, to ensure you're not caught off guard.
3. Be prepared
Ahead of your inspection, take the opportunity to note down anything which isn't quite right after living in the home, e.g. non -functional appliances such as: heat pump, oven, dishwasher. If you're unable to be present for the inspection you can always download this form and fill in the details (on page 7), or leave a note for your landlord should there be any issues.
Always be courteous. It's important to follow-up with your landlord and ask them how the inspection went. Find out if there is any feedback or changes they'd like to make to how you treat the property. This is also an appropriate time to follow up on any changes you've asked the landlord to make following the initial property inspection.
If you need some things fixed and these have been agreed upon by the landlord, it's reasonable to expect these to be completed within 30 days, unless communicated otherwise. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the lease agreement if you're unsure.
5. Become 'Sadie the Cleaning Lady' ahead of those regular inspections
Once you've got confirmation that your inspection is coming up, set aside time to do the cleaning. Ensure you include the following:
- Weeding and lawns - if you're responsible for these
- Cobwebs - both inside and outside the house
- Bathrooms - a thorough clean which includes getting rid of any excess build-up on top of the silicone seals or walls
- Mirrors - need a good streak-free wipe
- Windows - both inside and outside the house
- Surfaces - wipe down all of these including ornaments
- Cupboards, shelving and other storage areas - wipe down all of these
- Vacuum and mop - as soon as you can if you've been given just 48 hours' notice and then carry out a quick spot check prior
- A general tidy - all clothing, dishes and bits and pieces are in their correct place
Once you’ve built a good rapport with your landlord it’s important to maintain those high standards as they may be a referee for you in the future.