If you have any experience in any field, you will know that people talk. Whether good or bad, people will talk about others on an extremely regular basis. This is especially true of tenants about their landlords. While it is true that normally you will hear more negative things than positive, many times if a landlord is good the tenant will tell everyone else about it. There are few things as valuable to a rental property owner as a good reputation. Here are some ideas about how to have a good relationship with your tenant.
One of the things that I like most about my apartment’s super is that he always checks in on me. While he doesn’t need to do this, he will always make a point of saying hi to me if we are both outside and makes sure everything is okay. He is extremely nice and always asks if I need help with whatever I am doing. Even as a landlord if you are not on the premises, you can do this. When you receive the monthly rent check, you can message your tenant and make sure everything is going okay. Now, I’m not saying you have to check on their aunt’s cousin’s sister’s dog, but checking in is something that is always nice to do. After all, they are giving you a decent amount of money every month so there’s nothing wrong with asking if they need anything every now and then.
A friend of mine has been raving about their landlord for months because of the cute things she does. Every major holiday, she makes small magnets or signs and gives them to all of her tenants. Each year it is something different but each year is just as creative as the last. They are normally small and didn’t cost much to make, but knowing that the time and thought went into the projects is something that my friend really does appreciate.
Having a good relationship with your tenant isn’t hard to do. It can also be extremely beneficial if you need to find another tenant for a different apartment, as your current residents will likely give you a glowing review to their friends. Never underestimate the power of reaching out every now and then.