17 May 2024

How to be a great tenant

How to be a great tenant

Being a tenant isn't just about having a roof over your head – it's about building a positive relationship with your landlord. This not only fosters a stress-free living environment but can also lead to glowing recommendations and potentially even a more flexible landlord down the line.

Punctual payments

This is rule number one! Consistent rent payments show responsibility and respect for your landlord's property. Consider setting up a direct debit as soon as you move in to avoid any late payment stress.

Treat it like your own

Imagine it's your dream home! Take good care of the place. This includes regular cleaning, avoiding damage beyond normal wear and tear, and generally being mindful of your surroundings. Remember, a well-maintained property translates to a happy landlord and potentially a smoother return of your deposit at the end of your tenancy.

Communication is key

Accidents happen, but open communication is vital. Discover a leak? Don't wait for a mini-flood! Inform your landlord immediately so they can address the issue before it escalates. The same goes for any changes in your circumstances, like job loss or medical emergencies. Early communication allows your landlord to potentially work with you towards a solution.

Keep it clean and respectful

Maintaining a clean and tidy living space benefits everyone. It prevents pest infestations, makes the home more enjoyable, and shows respect for the property. Additionally, sticking to your lease agreement is crucial. Don't sneak in pets or attempt major renovations without prior consent from your landlord.

Honesty is the best policy

Building trust with your landlord begins with honesty and transparency. Whether it's disclosing changes in your employment status or providing accurate information during the application process, honesty fosters a relationship built on mutual respect and integrity.


Being a great tenant goes beyond simply paying rent on time; it encompasses a combination of responsibility, respect, and effective communication. By following these tips and maintaining a positive relationship with your landlord, you can enjoy a stress-free tenancy experience.

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