From the first-time renter to the seasoned tenant, everyone is aware that tenancy agreements are not always the straightforward experiences that they should be. Tenants and landlords can often be at loggerheads because one or more parties have failed to honour their side of the agreement. These problems are often difficult to resolve but nearly always avoidable. As with most disputes, the key to a successful tenancy is respect and, most importantly, communication.
As detailed in one of our recent blog articles, the mistakes when renting can be easily made and very costly. From not reading your tenancy agreement thoroughly to poorly researching properties, there are many pitfalls that await the complacent renter. However, we have created a guide to make sure that your tenancy is as successful and stress free as possible after signing that hallowed contract.
Start off on the right foot
From the very start of your tenancy you should be fully aware of both yours and your landlord’s responsibilities. For the most part they will be explained in your tenancy agreement but you should pay particular attention to the inventory of the property. Check it thoroughly; making sure everything is working and accounted for. If you notice any discrepancies, let your landlord know straight away and put it in writing for your records. Take photos if you have to and remember that the more organised and diligent you are from the start, the less chance you have of running into problems at the end.
Respect the property
This may seem like an incredibly obvious point – one that should really go without saying at all – but the importance of maintaining the upkeep of your rented property cannot be overstated. Taking care of the property will not only make your day-to-day life easier but also keep you in good favour with your landlord. A well-maintained property has far less chance of getting damaged or needing major repairs. This will significantly reduce the likelihood of any disputes with your landlord, especially when the time comes to move out.
Stay on top of rent
Paying your rent on time demonstrates that you are a reliable tenant and will be beneficial for any future references. However, circumstances do change and anyone can fall into financial difficulty. Ideally, you should have a contingency plan in place for these situations and your monthly budgeting should allow room for fluctuations in expenses.
It may also be worth taking out an insurance premium to cover potential job loss or serious illness – IMC financial services, our partner company, offer tenant income protection of this kind. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to talk to your landlord or agent if you are struggling to pay your rent on time or in full. It is much better to be honest about your situation from the start than to deal with the problem later. Our partner company, IMC, offers
Maintain good relationships
From your neighbours to your landlord, establishing good relationships is key to making your tenancy as smooth as possible. London can sometimes be a hectic city to live in, so finding the time to get to know your neighbours can be difficult. However, you never know when you might need to help each other out and mutual respect will make everyone’s life easier.
Your tenancy is first and foremost an agreement between you and your landlord. It follows that this relationship should be as amicable and open as possible as it is in both your interests to have a successful tenancy. Keep in regular contact and report any accidents or problems as soon as you can so that they can be resolved quickly. If there is anything you are unsure of, ask – after all, landlords are people just like you!
If you’re looking to rent a beautiful property in the South West London area, take a look at the lettings we currently have available at James Anderson. Still looking for more information on renting in London? Take a look at our expert guide to renting for tenants.