"As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him..."
~Psalm 103:15-17a

Tips for Building a Healthy Relationship with Your Landlord

A lot of attention is given these days to having healthy relationships.  I haven't really heard anyone address the relationship between landlord and tenant, though.  And since I recently started a job at a property management company (basically doing the landlord's job), I thought I could give some tips on this special relationship.

#1: Pay your rent.  Duh.  But really, you don't want the accounting department to know you by name...trust me, that's not the kind of relationship you want.

#2: Read your lease.  While this may seem obvious, apparently most people will sign their lease without taking the trouble to understand what they are agreeing to.  This makes for some very difficult moments in the landlord/tenant relationship.  To avoid any frustration, simply read through your lease and realize that it's a contract...so you should keep your end of the bargain.

#3: Remember: You're not moving into a luxury hotel room.  Apparently, a lot of people expect to be moving into a luxury hotel room or a brand new house.  Well, I've got news for you, folks: this is a college town.  You are moving into an apartment that dozens of college students have lived in before you.  So it might not be perfect.  That's life.  Deal with it.  (And don't complain to your landlord about it - this puts unnecessary tension on the relationship.)

#4: Don't call on Monday.  It seems that most people use the weekend to think up problems and questions for their landlord.  The phone is ringing off the hook and there are lines of people waiting to be helped.  So if no one answers the phone on the first ring, don't get mad - just realize that there is probably a legitimate reason (and no, we don't just ignore phone calls from people we don't like...however sorely we are tempted).

Tune in later for more tips on building a healthy relationship with your landlord!