If you’re managing your property on your own or even if you have a property manager who is working with you, there are a few things you can do to ensure the relationship you have with your tenants is strong.
Once you have a tenant in place, one of the biggest and most important things to do is to respect your tenant. When you start off with a respectful relationship, there are a number of benefits to you, and you’ll also get the respect you deserve in return. Sometimes, you might feel like the tenants in your property don’t deserve the respect you’re offering them. However, remember that you are the professional.
Whether you’re managing yourself or you have a property manager taking care of the tenant relationship, keep everything businesslike with your tenants. Always treat them like they are people to whom you are trying to sell something. You are, in fact, selling your property to them on a regular basis. You want them to take care of your property and you want them to pay rent on time. You want them to be good tenants for you, and maintaining a respectful relationship will really help.
You also have to keep everything on a business level with your tenants. A lot of homeowners get personal with their tenants. By this we don’t necessarily mean developing a personal relationship, although that can also be a problem. What we mean is judgment – you don’t want your tenants to feel like you’re judging them. For example, you might do an inspection and judge your tenants on the way the property is being cleaned. They might not be doing anything wrong, but the cleanliness of the home is not up to your standards. Just remember that a little dirt isn’t going to be a huge problem, and if you offend your tenant, the relationship deteriorates.
It really all comes down to respect. Be respectful and it will make a big difference for you in the long run. It will also make your property manager’s job easier, which in turn makes your job easier. If you have any questions about this, please contact us at American Heritage Properties.