How Property Managers Feel About How You Treat Your Rental. Here Are Five Things To Avoid
In renting an apartment, people often don't think of their property manager as their biggest partner. They are the ones who schedule an electrician when the washing machine goes or a plumber in the middle of the night after your sink backs up.
But property managers are people, too. They have busy schedules, a family and life outside of work, and feelings we might often forget. To a property manager, not hearing from their tenant is usually great, because it means that everything is good. But if you want to stay on the good side of your property manager, here are a few things you can avoid.
Unauthorized Changes to Your Apartment or Space
It's all great if you want to add some throw pillows or decorate your patio, so you can enjoy being outside. But any changes you make that are unauthorized have to be fixed by the property manager after you leave for the next tenant. So keep in mind that a new color changing shower head or ceiling fan might be cool. But what happens if you accidentally cause a leak in your bathroom or electrical problems? You could even end up losing your damage deposit when you move out.
It's always better to ask for permission before you go ahead and make any changes to your apartment or space rather than do something and get in trouble for it later.
Keeping Your Pets a Secret
It's important o be up front with your property manager about your pets when you lease an apartment or house. It might seem like no big deal, I mean your rabbit is not loud. Or maybe your kitty is house-trained, so why bother saying anything? But if your property manager does not know you have pets, and your pet inadvertently causes a disturbance by barking too loud and waking your neighbors, or your kitty might scratch your new carpet inside your unit. There could be problems.
You may also be in breach of the terms of your lease, which could result in your eviction. So make sure that you disclose any and all pets you have, pay the additional fees associated with your animals. This will go a long way to keeping your property manager happy, your neighbors and you.
Keeping Your Unit Cleaned and Maintained
Property managers have no problem scheduling a handyman or plumber to service your unit when something goes wrong. But they are not all right with issues caused by a lack of regular cleaning, abnormal wear and tear, or improper use of your unit.
Make sure that you treat your apartment as if it were your own property, even though it isn't. This means doing small things like cleaning out the lint after using the building dryer or making sure garbage isn't piled up on your balcony to attract bugs. It's all the little things that make the difference.
Not Reporting Minor or Major Issues With Your Rental Space
It is important for you to tell your property manager if any issues arise with your rental unit. Property Managers would much rather address and fix these small problems before they become bigger and more expensive issues later on. But they can't do anything if you don't let them know that something is wrong. You won't be annoying them if your sink is plugging up. In fact, most property managers will thank you for telling them.
A plugged sink can get backed up, causing issues for not just you but other tenants in the building. So taking care of these small issues sooner than later is a much better way to ensure your relationship with your property manager stays golden.
Reporting On Your Neighbors (ONLY if It's Necessary)
Property managers don't need to hear every single complaint that you have. However, that being said, they do need to know issues that are going on within your rental building. Such as if your neighbor is leaving garbage in the hallway, and it is creating bugs, or the tenant above you is making loud noises at all times of the night. Make yourself aware of your cities bylaws for noise complaints and other issues.
And if you do need to report something to your property manager don't think of it as (finking) on your neighbors, but rather making your property manager aware of the situation. This way they can help rectify the matter before it escalates into something worse.