A person’s income is not the only qualifier for getting a rental home. Even though a rental property is a business venture for a landlord, the landlord is human, which means his feelings may factor into the decision-making process. Before searching for a rental home, every prospective renter should know what comments not to make when talking to the property manager or owner.
Criticizing a Landlord
Renters should anticipate that their potential landlord will ask about the reason they are moving. The best approach is to avoid making insulting comments about former landlords, leasing offices or maintenance personnel even if the comments are true. To avoid being viewed as high maintenance, renters should tell their prospective landlord that they want to have more space or a shorter commute.
Asking Numerous Questions
People should feel comfortable renting a property before signing the lease. Therefore, a landlord expects to answer an array of questions. However, renters who have a seemingly never-ending list of questions may make a landlord feel that they are nitpickers and time wasters.
Before asking a question, applicants should first consider whether the question is reasonable and relevant. For example, asking if a countertop is heat safe is a reasonable question. On the other hand, wanting to know if the countertop is made from natural or cultured marble is taking the question asking too far.
Getting a Puppy
It is common for some people to want to get a pet when they move into a new place. Of course, these people will need to know if about their prospective landlord’s pet policy.
Even if a landlord allows pets, he will not feel as an enthusiastic as the prospective tenant about the thought of a puppy living in the rental property. Compared to adult dogs, puppies cause much more damage. It is okay for applicants to ask the landlord about his pet policy and mention that they may want to get a pet at a later date, but tenants should refrain from saying they want a puppy right away.
Talking About a Significant Other
A renter should never talk about their significant other unless both of them are applying to rent the property. When a prospective tenant wants his significant other to live with him without putting him or her on the lease, it rings alarm bells in the landlord’s mind.
From the landlord’s perspective, he may think that the tenant’s partner has a criminal background, poor rental history or plans to frequently spend the night at the property. A frequent guest who is not listed on the least is a liability for a landlord, and the landlord will be unable to run a background check on him. Any comment about having a significant other is best left unspoken.
Moving a Lot
Tenant turnover costs landlords money in cleaning, prepping, marketing and rental income. Therefore, most landlords want a long-term tenant. It is best for renters not to tell a future landlord that they move a lot or only want to rent the property for a short period of time.
Instead, applicants should give the impression that they want a longstanding relationship with their landlord. Before telling the landlord that they want to move, tenants should finish the entire lease term and make solid plans.