It is no secret that being a landlord can be a tough task. Many people also talk about being a tenant and how easy it can be. As a renter, you do not have to pay for things like home insurance and repairs to the property that are not sustained because of your fault. But not everything is smooth sailing for a renter. Sometimes, dealing with an unreasonable landlord could be very stressful.
For renters, it is although very helpful if you have access to tips and strategies that would help you in dealing with landlords and property managers. We will delve into dealing with property managers to make a renter’s life easier.
The biggest issue that renters have to face when dealing with property managers is the deposit. Plenty of tenants who moved out complain that the property manager cheated them out of their deposit by claiming that they did not clean the place or have inflicted a lot of damage to the property.
The best way to deal with it is to take only pictures and leave only footprints. Basically, fix up the place and document it. Remember that you are going for clean not pristine and it is only obvious that the landlord or property manager should see this. With that said, you have to look at the deposit agreement. They are subjective in general and it could be exploited. By going through the terms even before you start the lease would make deposit issues upon moving out a lot less complicated.
As a renter, you have the luxury of having most of the repairs to your living space handled by the landlord. You do not have to worry about being a fixer-upper. But you also have to understand that you have responsibilities regarding repairs to the property. For instance you would be tasked to replace light bulbs, smoke detector batteries, and anything that you break of course. If something breaks because of the natural wear and tear though, you do not have to handle the replacement.
Just like landlords cannot avoid having bad tenants occupying their rental property, so can renters find themselves trapped in a lease with a landlord or property manager from hell. In that situation, probably the best thing one can do is to be respectful and decent. Disarm them with kindness so to speak but make sure that you let them know that you are aware of your rights and you will not tolerate them overstepping their bounds.