Most conflicts would simply evaporate if everyone took the time to adhere to some simple and fundamental courtesies
They’re outraged that a landlord would have the audacity to apply for an eviction order to remove a tenant who hasn’t paid the rent. How inconsiderate of them.
And a few of those landlords are trying to make repairs to their property but are being refused access by tenants. Imagine the nerve of a landlord wanting the property to be in good repair – how unreasonable can they be?
Perhaps you sense a bit of sarcasm in my words?
After spending four days in our rental property making repairs and cleaning following a tenant moving out, forgive me if I don’t sound compassionate. While others were out celebrating the dawn of a new year, my husband and I were up to our elbows in dog and human feces, broken doors and walls, and other unpleasant tasks.
Possibly we’ve been too nice, too kind, too accommodating. I’m not sure what the problem was, but I can honestly say that my husband and I never wanted to become those landlords. We aim to have good relationships with those who occupy our former home.
When tenants move in, we carefully check references, inspect the property and work with them to create a fabulous home. We remember how hard it was to get started and how challenging it can be to find affordable rent in a comfortable and well-kept house. We keep the rent reasonable and the codes of conduct practical.
Although the rent was paid, utilities were not. And the final damages and filth were certainly not anticipated or accounted for.
So I implore you to consider that there are two sides to every story when it comes to a landlord-tenant conflict.
Sometimes the landlord refuses to do basic maintenance but sometimes it’s the tenant who’s contributing to the angst.
Most conflicts would evaporate if everyone took the time to adhere to some simple and fundamental courtesies. Landlords want happy tenants as much as tenants want a comfortable and affordable place to live.
So here are a few tips from a landlord on how to reduce tension with the property owner:
A lot of the above is just common courtesy and common sense. But for those few – and you know who you are – please remember when you see those protests on TV that not every irritated landlord started out behaving that way and not every tenant tells the truth.
Troy Media Columnist Faith Wood is a novelist and professional speaker who focuses on helping groups and individuals navigate conflict, shift perceptions and improve communications.
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