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When you start out in the rental world you are pretty much nobody. You could have been wonderful in high school, top of your class in college and queen of the dorm, but none of it really matters come the time to fill in those application forms. We have a post for that, to help you out. Then once you have the place these are my tips to getting yourself a clean report card of tenant awesomeness.
There’s something you need to know up front when you are a new tenant. And that is if you screw up your rental history, there is not much I can do for you. Getting a rental is one of the places in life karma comes quickly and hard. A mark against your name will follow you for ages, so know your rights and responsibilities now. Prepare yourself to live by them. If you make a mess of this, and it might be back to your Mum’s house indefinitely until your record is clean.
If you’re going to be late on your rent, let someone know. If there’s a problem with the house or you are personally having an issue that might affect the rental property then get in touch with your agent or landlord. An email can be the easiest, least emotional, way. Plus it leaves a paper trail if there was ever a need to justify yourself later. If you communicate with a reasonable agent or owner than it should all go smoothly and end well for everyone. Tenants who don’t communicate, who drop off the planet when there is an issue big or small are frustrating. And that frustration can lead to bigger problems down the track. Be available (as required by the Act) and be in communication.
You have to be responsible for anyone you bring to the property you are renting; their behaviour reflects on you, and you’re responsible for any damage they may cause. In my past life as a property manager, I would see this time and time again with first-time renters; their friends come, cause problems and leave.
Real friends don’t act this way. Be prepared to say no next time your friends want to party at your place if they can’t live by your house rules. Ask yourself, why is it again they don’t have their own place?
As a property manager, I would always say that you can’t tell people how to live. You can insist that they don’t leave piles of newspapers next to the couch or don’t make their beds. BUT the except to this is if your version of tidy or clean impacts on the house you are renting. Mould in shower grout can be impossible to remove, stains in carpets too, marks on benches and walls if left for periods fo time start to become permanent. So if you want that A++ tenant rating, consider keeping your house in a way that your agent (or owner) would be happy with. A well cared for clean and tidy house is a sure-fire way to earn brownie points.
The thing I came across most was a lack of knowledge about what was expected of people as a new tenant. Especially if they were coming straight from home or a dorm. So don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, react with some level of humility if you stuff up and always be communicating. Then, you’ll be at the end of your first lease, and you might just find yourself in the position of being asked to stay.
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.