The relationship between a landlord and tenant can be difficult and is fraught with potential problems. Both parties may infer actions by the other to be an affront.
Here are tips on how to deal with a difficult landlord. They include:
- keep records
- good communication
- request changes in writing
- be a good tenant
- talk with other tenants
Good communication is of the utmost importance, even though it is listed second. When a problem inevitably does occur, being able to discuss it and collaborate on a solution will save time, consternation, and even legal fees.
Good record-keeping will actually help good communication. Having access to agreed-upon records of the condition of the space being rented is a great way to contribute to a peaceful move in and move out of a rental. Both parties taking the time to communicate and agree on the state of affairs of the space lets both parties understand what type of damages the other is looking for. This creates a sense of ownership for the tenant, which is ultimately beneficial for both the landlord and the tenant.