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!
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 .