Tips on Being a Good Tenant

Everyone is entitled to live in a place that feels safe and is free from problems. Unfortunately from time to time problems arise that make life difficult. The following tips aim to help you to be a ‘good’ neighbour/tenant.

Being a good tenant:

  • At the start of a tenancy ensure you read and fully understand all of the conditions of the agreement – if there is anything you do not agree with discuss it with the landlord/Agent before you sign.
  • Ensure you pay your rent – the correct amount at the correct time. If there is a problem paying communicate with the landlord/agent as soon as possible – be honest. This way they are more likely to offer you some flexibility.
  • Try your hardest to keep the property in a good state of repair – do not cause or let your visitors cause deliberate damage. Of course, when you live somewhere damage does happen by accident but try to get problems fixed or report it to the landlord/agent.
  • Try to keep the property clean and ensure you put the rubbish out of collection regularly.
  • If any problems occur with the property it is a good idea to put the issues in writing to the landlord/agent – this way you have a formal record.
  • Try to keep music and other loud noise to a minimum and be respectful to your neighbours.
  • Sometimes landlords need to access the property to do safety checks and repairs – try to be flexible and accommodate their requests.
  • Ensure you have insurance on your personal property – this is known as contents insurance.

Being a good Neighbour:

  • Neighbours really can become good friends – look out for your neighbour and they will hopefully do the same for you.
  • Try to keep your noise levels to a minimum.
  • Try to keep your outside areas clean and tidy.
  • Do not throw rubbish in your neighbour’s garden.
  • If parking is limited try to compromise and ensure that you (or your visitors) don’t block the neighbour’s access.
  • If any issues arise with your neighbour communicate politely and keep a record of your actions.
  • Don’t try to solve the problem by retaliating. For example, if you are upset because your neighbour is playing loud music do not turn yours up louder.
  • Speak with any support workers you have they may well be able to help with the situation.
  • If a situation is too big for you do deal with call the police local number on 101 and discuss your issue with them. If you have an emergency then dial 999.