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One Way To Keep Your Rent Down? Don’t Be A High Drama Tenant.

About 11 months out of one year – a tenant called for anything and everything – “repair this, repair that – I don’t like this – this needs fixing”  – it went on and on.  Was it major stuff?  No.  It wasn’t even minor stuff.  It was  “drama” stuff that the tenant just felt like a landlord should handle.  Drove me nuts – but I was patient.  Month 12 came around – time for lease renewal.

Normally, I don’t raise rents – but this time – I decided to.  The drama that came with that was the finest performance I had seen in a long time.  I calmly explained to the tenant the reasons for raising rent – a part of it included, “If you want someone to come over there to  tighten screws on cabinets when they come loose – it’s going to cost.”  That was 9 years ago.  The tenant is still there – rent didn’t get raised after that first year and I rarely hear from him.

Want to stay put in your rental home and increase the odds that your rent will not go up?   Stop the drama.  Pay your rent on time and take care of the home. 

Most of all, if something breaks or stops working – let the landlord know right away – if it’s minor – take care of it and then let the landlord know.  Most landlords will appreciate that you are handling small things that get worn from use and come time for lease renewal –they will remember how low drama of a tenant you are!

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This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are  presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions.    Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .

 

Comment balloon 7 commentsGabrielle Kamahele Rhind • January 09 2013 04:39AM

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Gab,

We have a $100 initial threshold here in most leases. Anything below that, it's automatic for the renter to fix, or live with it I guess.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 5 years ago

Gab, my first landlord was 80 yr old and he always said one hand washes the other, you don't bother me and I will not bother you..... 3 yr I lived there and he never raised the rent and we took excellent care of the home.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

High drama in anything will get you the worst on people. . 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 5 years ago

We deal with tenants on the service end all the time, usually for valid concerns. Some tenants seem to think that there rent entitles them to unlimited services from somebody. I think a good rule of thumb is - If you owned this property, would you be willing to pay to have this item done by someone.

It is my understanding that most leases describe what the owner / management is responsible for taking care of.

Thanks Gab.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 5 years ago

Drama in any situation is never optimal.  Calm, rational dealings are always the best.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 5 years ago

Few tenants understand that the squeaky wheel might get the most attention however it always ends up costing you more in the end... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) over 5 years ago

I have to say nobody believes when I tell them my stories when it comes to property management like this one

 

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 5 years ago

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