Creating a better relationship between a tenant and a landlord is important because it influences your vacancy and turnover costs. When your lease expires, it can be easily renewed if your relationship is good.
As a tenant, you should be reliable and follow guidelines like if the agreement states that you should pay rent before the 5th of the month you should not wait until its 10th to pay.
Good communication is key in any relationship. If you ask your landlord to fix problems in your home nicely and in a respectful form, they will do it very efficiently. Even in scenarios where you are unable to pay rent or you need to termite your lease early instead of avoiding their calls you should communicate well with them.
Respect goes beyond the lease agreement. In Trinidad & Tobago you should be keen about noise levels, abiding by the laws, paying rent on time, and being able to cooperate with your neighbors will show that you respect your landlord and the place he/she has offered.
In Trinidad & Tobago before renting a home a lease is usually signed about all the rules and regulations that your landlord wishes you to follow which include DIY’s like: repainting the wall, hanging up picture frames among others. When you have created a good relationship with your landlords, they can be very reasonable. This opens a window for you to talk to your landlord and see if they can allow such creativity. You will be surprised that some landlords are lenient enough to let you do what you like with the apartments having in mind that if any damages are done once you are vacating the premises your security deposit will be used to repair any damages.
Having in mind that in Trinidad & Tobago most landlords own more than one property, tenants should understand that their schedules can be tight and may not be able to be available every time they are needed. As a tenant, you should be a team player and help out where necessary. Common issues like basic painting or light bulb replacements can be carried out without the landlord’s help. You should help out by carrying these tasks and let your landlord focus on the major issues.