If you are a renter, you have many obstacles ahead of you. Landlords are full of horror stories, and you are just another potential horror story. Based on statistical evidence, you are not an ideal tenant. You want and need to be the best renter the new landlord has ever seen.
No landlord really wants you, but they need you. They need you to help them pay their rental mortgage; they need you to help them pay their personal mortgage, they need you to help them retire early. But they do not need you to come around and damage the premise or cause them a lot of extra work. Here is how to be the best renter you can possibly be.
My rentals are multifamily, but much of this advice translates to all rentals. Much of it I have seen firsthand.
How to Be a Landlord’s Ideal Tenant — and Get into Any Rental You Choose
Prepare for the Apartment Viewing Process
When you set up a showing for a rental property, it is really an interview. You are interviewing the landlord or property management company, and they are interviewing you. Make a critical mistake in this process, and you will have to move on to the next property. You do not have to be dressed for church, but do not come looking like you are homeless.
Have you ever been turned down for a rental? If so, what was the landlord’s reason? If you are a landlord, what do you find to be the most detrimental things a tenant does to get rejected.