A good landlord attracts good tenants, and these tenants stay long, relieving the landlord of house-filling hassles. However, I need to have the will to put in the work to make a good landlord. There are things I should do to make me stand out from the rest. While it might mean extra effort on my part, the benefits are worth it.
We do not become the best landlords in the world overnight. I ought to research, know what it takes, learn a few customer relations practices, and how to best interact with people professionally. I also need to understand my responsibility to the state as a person who provides a roof over people’s heads. This means I’m up to date with all landlord-tenant laws.
Another way to self-educate is by being observant. There’s a reason why we have some landlords we really liked and others we detested—comparing their differences will show me what to take on and what to leave out.
Every tenant wants to feel accepted in their new community. Although many expect mindful welcomes from neighbors, I should be the first to extend a welcoming hand as the landlord. If it is within my budget, I could add a few bathroom needs in case the tenant was too busy to remember stocking up for the first night.
Offering a tour around the property should also be among my primary responsibilities and point them to the shopping center or local store to get any urgent home supplies.
Although I would want to have a fond relationship with a tenant, I should also remember that our relationship has to remain professional. This ensures I do not cross their privacy unknowingly or leave room for rules not to be taken seriously.
Houses can have emergency repairs, and my tenants need to reach me as soon as they can. This means the landlord should always be available during emergencies or at least have an emergency contact.
The landlord should also be accessible enough for tenants to have the comfortability to report any challenges. It is better if I, as the landlord, lives close by or at least have a property manager within the area.
Mindfulness and compassion are human skills we all should embrace when interacting with others, and the same goes for the tenant-landlord relationship. Although I should not give a freeway for failed payments, I should at least be mindful enough to have a grace period other than the due date. This way, I understand that circumstances are not always in our favor. Still, I can be considerable enough to give time for needed adjustments.
Technology appears in many ways where houses are concerned. It could be using the latest billing technology, allowing tenants to apply and interact online, or offering updated amenities such as better storage areas. All these prove that I want to provide the best services to my tenants, and updating interaction and operations systems improve efficiency.
A good landlord is one who is taking on responsibility for his/her duties and does it well. Since I choose to offer housing services to my tenants, I should be accountable enough for their well-being as long as it is within my power. This could involve emphasizing security practices or mindful interactions among tenants.
I should also keep all tenant records under lock and key, concealing their privacy, as stated in their leasing agreements. None of my tenants should fear that our contract could be tampered with, or I could neglect the arrangements on the signed leasing agreement.