Keeping your tenants happy makes being a landlord a lot less stressful. When the landlord and tenant have a good relationship, issues like late rentals and property damage are kept to a minimum. It takes some work to establish these relationships though. The worst thing you can do is simply ignore a tenant and leave them to their own devices. Here are some tips on how to keep your tenants happy.
Solve Maintenance Issues As Soon as Possible
How quickly a landlord responds to a maintenance issue is an indicator of how much they value the tenant and how they see their relationship with them. Show that you care by addressing the issue quickly and keeping tenants up to date on the progress. It is vital to respond quickly to issues that can affect how much tenants enjoy living in your property. Even if it takes a few days for the repair to take place, tenants are happy knowing the issue was addressed as soon as it was reported. Consider placing a follow-up call to further develop trust.
Regularly Inspect the Property
Regularly inspecting the property is an important step in ensuring the tenant is caring for the property. The rental agreement may set requirements for property inspections, and they could be legally required. These inspections also give tenants a chance to bring any maintenance issues to your attention. Inspecting the property on a regular basis shows the tenant that you care about the property and reinforces the conditions of the agreement between you and the tenant.
Maintain Positive Relationships with Tenants
Maintaining healthy and positive relationship with tenants helps ensure they stay cooperative during their time renting. Listening to their requests and considering them, as well as responding quickly to their concerns and queries, establishes a rapport between the two of you.
You should carefully consider any request to change the conditions of the lease. If you reject their requests then let them know why. There could be clauses in the law or rental agreement about dealing with requests. Establish times for routine maintenance and when any work should be carried out.
Consider Their Needs
If you want to sell the rental property you must consider the tenant’s lease. A change in ownership of a house or unit is stressful for tenants because it makes their future uncertain and could lead to their whole life changing. Give your tenant as much notice as you can that you are planning on selling the property, and help them to determine what they should do next.
Landlords may have the right to regularly raise their rents, so check the agreement to see what your rights are. Tenants aren’t happy about paying more rent, but it could be necessary to increase the rent in order to keep up with the costs of maintaining the property. If you are going to raise the rent, then once again you must let tenants know in advance. If tenants understand that a rent increase is coming – and the reasons for it – they may be more inclined to stick with you.
Keeping your tenants happy is about being realistic. Even a careful tenant could damage a property as accidents happen. Establish a rapport with your tenants and take care of them to keep them happy.