With more people renting their home than ever before, and fewer people expecting to ever fully own their own home, it's important to know what to look for in a landlord. After all, having a good landlord could make your life a whole lot easier!
Today I'll be collaborating with HomeLet Insurance to share 5 things that your should look out for in a land lord when renting a home.
Are they reliable?
One of the most important traits you must look for in a landlord is reliability. Does your potential landlord miss their calls 99% of the time and doesn't bother calling you back? Were they half an hour late for your appointment with no valid reason? If you get the feeling that your potential landlord isn't reliable, then it's probably safer to stay away. After all, nobody wants a landlord who they cannot rely on when they are living inside their property, and one who will therefore be more likely not to follow through with any of their promises. You should also make sure that your landlord is willing to give you a number that you can contact them on in case of an emergency.
Are they honest?
Nobody wants a dishonest landlord, so it's a good idea to look out for this trait when you are in contact with a potential landlord. Do they seem to underplay any major issues about the property, or perhaps they seem to dismiss any important questions or issues that you put across? If your potential landlord doesn't address any concerns you may have then it's a sure red flag that you shouldn't ignore. You definitely wouldn't want to find out about any pest problems or plumbing issues when it's too late!
Does any online search reveal anything worrying?
It's always a good idea to spend some time doing an online search of your landlord's name. This can reveal whether your landlord has been involved in any lawsuits or investigations - or if they have a ton of negative reviews from present or previous tenants. This won't take up much time but can save a lot of stress in the future!
Are there signs that repairs hadn't been made in the past?
This one may sound obvious, but I thought I would mention it here. Perhaps you've noticed that your property isn't in amazing condition, but your landlord has downplayed it. However, it's a good idea to look out for any damage in your potential new home, such as broken windows that have been taped back together rather than been replaced, or the kitchen appliances are on their last legs and look like they should have been repaired or replaced a looooong time ago. If this is the case, it is likely that your landlord will be reluctant to repair anything that may go wrong in the future too - so it's best to avoid!