What Landlords Want
Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Whether you have lived on rent for some time, or this would be your first time renting a residence on your own, you sure are eager to know how to charm the potential landlord into giving the residence to you. Read below to learn 7 hints on what is in the landlord's mind, when looking for new tenants.
1. The landlord wants financial security
Well, of course, no landlord gives flats for rent driven by charity. The LL wants to be paid for what he gives. He or she wants to be paid on time, in full, and without reminding.
2. The landlord wants to further expenses
The LL is a businessman/businesswoman, and hence expects to maximize the profit. So he/she doesn't want to pay for the repairs of the damages on his/her property tenants did. Ah, you get it now - this is why you have to do no damages or pay for every mischief you do.
3. The landlord wants to find a tenant quickly
Consider the following: every day a LL's flat has no tenant, is a financial loss for him/her, because he/she has no financial benefit. Followed the logic in that? Great. Now bear in mind, that the cliché of "I need him/her more than he/she needs me" is absolutely not applicable. Both of you want to close the deal quickly, and sleep tide after that, because you both have put a serious trouble aside.
4. The landlord wants nice tenants
LLs, and don't laugh at that, I mean it, are human. They want to get along with tenants. First impressions are important for deciding on that. So behave the fist time you meet the potential LL - don't be rude, aggressive or condescentic. But understanding has two sides, so don't pretend of being someone you are not. Don't say you love cats when you hate them and the LL has a couple, for example. However, be rady to make a few small compromises with your way of living, if you really want to live in that particular place.
5. The landlord wants no trouble with tenants
You might find it paradoxical, but, yes, generally the LL wants to be left living his/her live, just as you do. The best way for you to manage to be left alone? Simple, you only have to follow the house order. This may include no loud music after 10 on week day evenings, no dogs in the building, and loads of other nos. Find a way to follow those, or find a way around them, this is the way to be left alone.
6. The landlord wants to waste no time researching potential tenants
"Good" LLs usually require from a potential tenants to fill a questionnaire with their personal and some additional data. This saves both sides time, trouble and unpleasant surprises. On the contrary, "bad" LLs either just follow you and phone you and ask questions and questions, or don't care to know who is living in the flat, as long as the rent is paid.
7. The landlord wants references
"Good" LLs also require references from previous LL and/or an employer, to make sure you are not a trouble. Respectively, "good" potential tenants have some with them!
Now all you have to do is meet the landlord, and, knowing the above, become the tenant every landlord dreams of!