Four Tips for Being a Happy Tenant

As a new renter, you want to ensure your relationship with your landlord is as smooth as possible. After all, you may have this relationship for several years. Issues with it lead to issues with your living conditions.

You want to be a happy tenant and we want to help you get there. Here are four tips for ensuring your tenancy goes well.

Tip #1 – Don’t Settle

Our first tip relates to the property itself. Searching for a new home is a difficult process that will require several viewings of a host of different properties. Choosing something that doesn’t suit your needs means you’ll never be a happy tenant. Instead, you’ll resent paying rent on a home that you don’t want to live in.

Create a shortlist of things that your ideal property must have. Go through this list during every viewing to see how each property stacks up.

Now, it’s unlikely that you’ll find something that ticks every single box. But you want your property to cover most of the boxes if you’re to be a happy tenant.

Tip #2 – Check the Small Print

Your tenancy agreement is the most important document you’ll sign in relation to your renting of a property. If it doesn’t suit your needs, you’ll run into issues whenever a problem arises.

The important thing is to check every single word in the document. Don’t just hit on the major points and assume that the small print is okay. You need to understand everything, from what happens if you miss a rent payment through to how you raise issues with your landlord.

Read every detail and highlight issues that you have with the document. Discuss them with your letting agent in London to ensure you get a tenancy agreement that works for everyone.

Tip #3 – Figure Out the Changes You Make

Landlords don’t want you to make wide-scale changes to their properties. They have to think about future tenants as well as you. However, you also want to make your new house a home.

You need to compromise.

Discuss what you intend to do to the property with your new landlord or letting agent. You’ll often find that landlords are more flexible than their tenancy agreements make them out to be. As long as you’re able to make good on the changes you make when you leave, you’ll usually be able to do a lot more with the property than you may have thought.

Tip #4 – Check the Inventory

Losing your security deposit is something that all renters want to avoid. However, it happens to many who don’t pay attention to their new home’s inventory.

When you move into a property, you’ll receive an inventory that discusses every asset that the property has. It will also outline any issues that the landlord or letting agent is aware of.

Your first task is to go through the inventory with a fine-toothed comb. Check that everything is as the landlord say it is. If you find any new issues, take photos and send them to your letting agent. Make it clear that those issues were there when you moved in and they won’t come back to bite you when you move out.

Hills Estate wants to ensure that you enjoy your tenancy. Contact us to find out more about great rental properties in London.