Before the tenancy begins, provide the landlord with documents
Landlords must check if you have the right to rent in England. Therefore, even before you move into rental accommodation, you must provide the landlord with documents which verify your entitlement to rent from them.
Your landlord is also likely to request documents which allow them to vet your suitability as a tenant. If you want to come across as a suitable tenant and speed up the process, it makes sense to provide these documents as quickly as possible.
Pay the rent on time and in full
It should go without saying, but a tenant must pay rent on time and in full. If you have concerns about meeting the next rental payment, get in touch with the landlord as soon as possible. Your landlord may be able to support you, or you can work out a solution.
However, if you don’t inform the landlord as early as you can, you are unlikely to receive sympathy. Many landlords rely on rental income to pay their buy-to-let mortgage payment. Any delay with this payment creates problems for the landlord. Therefore, if you want to minimise animosity between yourself and your landlord, keep them fully informed of any financial issues you have, which prevents you from paying on time and in full.
Care for the property as if it is your own
There are many benefits to renting. A key benefit is knowing if problems arise, it is the landlord's responsibility to resolve these problems. However, you should try to maintain a high standard around the property.
An inventory list is a handy document, and you should request the landlord arranges this as the start of the tenancy. This list provides benefits for the landlord and yourself, so it is a sensible document to have in place.
Information contained in the rental document states the condition of the home, which should be maintained. You should also inform the landlord of any problems.
Ideally, you should have a good relationship with your landlord, and communication is crucial. The landlord owes the tenant respect and privacy, but this works both ways. While a tenant should inform the landlord of problems around the rental property, they should only communicate with the landlord when required.
If you are a tenant looking to claim your deposit back, or you want to simplify your life, make sure you meet the responsibilities expected of you. At Holmes Estate Agents, we are pleased to say we have helped many tenants and landlords maintain a good relationship, and we look forward to assisting you.