Five Ways to Improve Landlord-tenant Communication
As a landlord or property manager, having great relationships with your tenants should be one of your main priorities, and the key to excellent landlord-tenant relationships is communication. By establishing open lines of communication, you can avoid tricky disputes concerning leases, move-outs, and rent payments amongst other things. Being readily available to your tenants can even prevent excess damage to your rental property as tenants will feel comfortable reaching out to you before maintenance issues spiral out of control. If you’re looking for great ways to establish a better relationship with your renters, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve shortlisted some of our top tips for improving landlord-tenant communication.
1. Establish communication guidelines
The first step to establishing good lines of communication with your tenants is establishing some basic standards. Let your tenants know about your office hours and the best way to contact you – by email, phone call, or even mail. You should also provide your renters with an emergency number in the case that an urgent situation arises after business hours. In this case, it would also be beneficial to outline what scenarios constitute an emergency situation. Setting guidelines like these help avoid confusion and frustration as everyone is clear about the best ways to reach out in every situation.
2. Give your tenants options
Different tenants have different preferred means of communication. Older tenants may want to speak with you in person, while gen z renters may prefer to send you a quick text. This is why, as a landlord, it’s essential to have multiple ways for your renters to get in touch with you. Provide your new tenants with your email, phone number, and if you’d like, your office address upon their move-in. Just be sure to ask for a reasonable notice period before an office visit. Allowing tenants to communicate through means that they’re comfortable with increases their likelihood of reaching out to you.
3. Be transparent and honest
Tenants tend not to reach out to dishonest landlords. After all, what’s the point of asking for help or raising a concern if the issue won’t be addressed truthfully? As a landlord, it’s your job to be as honest and transparent as possible with your current and potential tenants. Be honest about the condition and size of the rental property, the amenities in the area, and conditions of their lease. You also want to be transparent about what you expect from your tenants – i.e., when to make rent payments etc. Honesty and transparency help establish trust in landlord-tenant relationships. When tenants know they’ll get a truthful answer, they are more open with their concerns.
4. Speak simply
When it comes to landlord-tenant communication, its best to keep it simple. Most situations don’t call for long paragraphs filled with complex real estate jargon that tenants most likely won’t understand. Keep your communication light, concise and engaging so tenants are more likely to comprehend and respond.
5. Communicate more often
Most tenants only hear from their landlord when they move in or are about to move out and this shouldn’t be the case. To help establish good lines of communication, we encourage you to reach out to your tenants more often. Help them with their move-in, send greeting cards during the holidays etc. This lets them know that you’re always available and willing to help.
Communication is the bedrock of every good landlord-tenant relationship, and with these five tips, you and your tenants will be on your way to better interactions in no-time!
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