How to deal with a new landlord

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Meet with your landlord before moving in to familiarize yourself with them. 

When moving into an apartment for the first time, it can be intimidating to suddenly have to handle having a landlord. Here are some tips in how to deal with your landlord:

Make sure you meet them ahead of time:

Not knowing your landlord or meeting them ahead of time can cause confusion and you won’t really know them enough to be comfortable with them. Meet with them before you start renting so get an idea what they are like.

Bug them until they fix the problem:

Sometimes landlords forget about the problems going on in your house (especially if they are the landlord to other houses) so make sure you text, call or email them until someone comes to fix it.

Pay everything on time:

There is nothing worse than missing a bill date. Make sure to pay all of your bills on time so you don’t have to pay the late fee. Make sure in your renter’s contract that if you do owe a late fee the landlord has to tell you that month, not wait for several months to tell you that you are late.

Read your contract thoroughly:

Be confident in knowing what your contract says and if you do not agree with something make sure you tell your landlord before signing. Try to save it in a file on your desktop because it is always great to have ready.

Make your landlord tell you a head of time before they come over:

This again goes with checking the contract. Some landlords will enter your house without telling you ahead of time, which can be uncomfortable for tenants. Just double check or talk with your landlord and ask for notice before they come in.

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