Entering into a new rental agreement can be an exciting and scary time, both for the landlord and the tenant . It is the beginning of a long and sometimes difficult relationship, the tone for which is often set at that initial meeting. No matter which side of the paperwork you are on, it will take both of you to make the relationship and the agreement as pleasant and painless as possible.
One of the first things that both sides can do to make the relationship better from the start is to be informed of the laws, codes, and rights that the state mandates for rental agreements. While it is part of the landlord’s, or property manager’s, job to know these laws, it doesn’t hurt for the potential tenant to be aware of them as well. Not only will there be greater understanding when completing the rental agreement, but it will also help both sides keep their expectations in check.
The key to any good relationship is communication, and that includes the relationship between the landlord and tenant. The communication lines should be completely open when writing and signing the lease so that both sides understand and agree with it completely. When there is a problem or a dispute, both parties should be willing to talk it out and agree on a solution.
Regardless of the situation there will be times when you just don’t get along or can’t seem to get on the same page. This is why it is very important that you accepting of and get along with the person who will managing and overseeing the property because they are the ones you will be working and communicating with most of the time. If it is possible talk to family and friends about property managers they have used in the past and recommend. Every relationship requires work, but when it comes to your home you want the relationship to be as smooth as possible.