How to Be a Good Tenant
How to Be a Good Tenant ~ Southern Residential Leasing
As a landlord, it’s important to place a good tenant into your property to ensure it’s being well-cared for. As someone searching for a rental property, it’s important to be that good tenant! For landlords and property managers, bad tenants can cause stress, headaches, and financial loss. A good tenant is the complete opposite of that. For those wondering how to be a good tenant, it’s actually a lot easier than you’d think! Property managers and landlords are simply looking for someone who pays rent on time, has a stable job, and won’t break the terms of their lease.
If you check all of these boxes, you’re exactly the type of tenant landlords are looking for. Read below for some tips and tricks on how to be a good tenant. If you’re ready to go ahead and begin the application process for any of our homes for rent in Pensacola, Destin, or even Daphne, Alabama, simply select your property and get started!
Be Transparent in the Application Process
Property managers and landlords are more likely to approve a tenant who is transparent in the application process. This means providing all the information requested and not trying to conceal information or cut corners. This goes hand in hand with persistence in getting the application done, and how thorough you are as well.
Always Pay Rent on Time
If your rent is due on the first of the month, then always pay it on the first of the month. If you can pay it even earlier, that’s great! Paying rent late every month is a surefire way to stress out your property manager and accrue late fees. While late fees are often seen as a benefit to landlords from the extra income, it’s an easy way to get you, the tenant, evicted if the habit keeps up.
Cleanliness is Key
Renting a house means you’re staying in someone else’s home, so keeping up with cleanliness and housekeeping is an important component of being a good tenant. It’s also an easy way to get your security deposit back at the time of move-out. Read through your tenant handbook from time to time, as it will often have useful information on how frequently you should be cleaning your property. For example, Southern Residential Leasing recommends mopping, waxing, or vacuuming floors biweekly, dusting every one to two months, and cleaning bathrooms weekly.
As part of our property management services, we thoroughly screen all applicants before placing them in your property. In fact, we are so confident in our screening process that we’ve implemented our 12-Month Tenant Guarantee. This means that if any tenant approved, placed, and managed by Southern Residential Leasing defaults on their lease prior to a 12-month original lease term, then we will place a new renter in your property at no charge.