How Thanet Landlords Can Ensure A Tenancy Gets Off To A Good Start
22/06/2023 1172
Landlord Tenant Guide

Landlord's Guide for Successful Tenancy

If you’re a landlord about to settle a new tenant into a property, there’s one phrase that should be your guiding mantra: “Start as you mean to go on”.

Because what you do in the early stages of a tenancy will help define what unfolds over the next weeks, months and possibly years.

Get things right, and you’ll build the foundations of a long and successful tenant-landlord relationship (the kind that all landlords dream of).

Get it wrong, and you could be in for a bumpy ride that absorbs much of your time and energy and leaves you stressed and out of pocket.

No pressure then.

So once the paperwork is signed off, how can you lay the groundwork for success? Here are six tips to help get your tenancy off to a good start.

  1. Prepare the property

    Before you hand over the keys, carry out any outstanding repairs, ensure the property is sparkling clean and read the meters. If a tenant thinks you don’t care about the state of the property, what message does that send to them?

  2. Meet and greet

    Welcome your new tenant and run through the basics. Discuss bin collections, how the appliances work and where they can find the fuse box and stopcock (in case a switch trips or pipe bursts). This is your chance to set the tone and build a good rapport, so don’t rush it.

  3. Information pack

    Your tenant will have a lot on their plate on moving-in day and may not take in everything you discuss. Leave them with a pack detailing all the practical information they need so if they have a query, it’s all there in writing for them.

  4. Contact information

    Make sure your tenant has your contact details and knows the best way to reach you. If a problem arises, they need to know who to call and not be left hunting for a phone number. This should be part of your information pack.

  1. Address any issues promptly

    If a tenant raises an issue, address it as promptly as possible. Even if it can't be immediately resolved, communicate with the tenant to let them know you're on it. This builds trust and respect between you and your tenant, and makes them feel valued.

  2. Establish a clear payment process

    Ensure that your tenant understands the payment process - when rent is due, how it should be paid, what happens if a payment is late, etc. Clear communication about these crucial details can help prevent misunderstandings and disputes down the line.

  3. Regular inspections

    Schedule regular inspections of the property, but always remember to give your tenant sufficient notice and respect their privacy. Inspections are a good way to identify any potential issues early and to ensure that the property is being well-maintained.

  1. Respect your tenant's privacy

    While it's important to carry out regular inspections and maintain the property, it's equally important to respect your tenant's privacy. Make sure you give them sufficient notice before visiting and avoid any unnecessary disturbances.

  2. Maintain open lines of communication

    Be available to your tenants and encourage them to communicate any concerns or issues. This can help prevent small problems from turning into major issues. Open and frequent communication also fosters a better relationship between landlord and tenant.

  3. Review and update your lease agreement

    Ensure that your lease agreement is always up-to-date, clear, and comprehensive. It should be regularly reviewed and updated as needed to account for changes in law or your own policies. Both you and your tenant should understand and agree to all the terms.

  1. Address repair issues promptly

    If a tenant reports a problem with the property, address it as quickly as possible. This will show the tenant that you are responsive and committed to providing a safe, comfortable living environment. Plus, dealing with repairs promptly can often prevent more serious damage from occurring.

  2. Be understanding and flexible

    Finally, being a good landlord often means showing understanding and flexibility. While you should maintain professional boundaries and expectations, being willing to work with tenants during difficult times can foster goodwill and long-term tenant retention.

  1. Invest in Property Upgrades

    Keep your property desirable to existing and potential tenants by making regular upgrades. This could be as simple as a fresh coat of paint or as involved as a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Regular updates can also prevent costly maintenance issues down the line.

  2. Be Transparent

    Ensure that all fees, rules, and expectations are clearly stated in the lease agreement. Always be honest and upfront about what is expected from your tenants and what they can expect from you. This will help to avoid misunderstandings and potential disputes.

  3. Encourage Open Communication

    Encourage your tenants to bring any issues or concerns to you right away. Having an open line of communication can help to resolve problems before they escalate, and shows your tenants that you care about their wellbeing and comfort.

  4. Stay Organized

    Good organization can make the management process smoother for both you and your tenants. Keep good records of payments, maintenance issues, and communication with tenants. This can be invaluable in case of disputes or legal issues.

Following these principles will help you to maintain a strong and professional relationship with your tenants, and to run a successful rental property business. Good luck!

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