|Steps To Educate Your Renters
Every property manager knows that there are some good renters and bad renters. Most of the time, renters are cordial and follow the rules, but every so often you get renters who are really horrible. They leave behind damage, are dirty and don’t pay their rent on time, with every property manager having their own renter horror story!
To be quite frank, the average renter is simply ignorant. They’ve never owned a home before so they understand the care and thought needed to own a home, especially if the renters are young and this is their first space away from home. They are inexperienced and are ignorant to what it takes to be responsible renters because they don’t know better. The key to having better renters is to simply educate them!
So how do you do it? You’ll have to take the time to really teach them how to be tenants, instilling in them the basics on what to do correctly and what not to do. By doing so, you’re prohibiting any more problems from arising and sending off good renters to the world. Here are a few steps on how to educate your renters:
- Always read over the lease with them
It might take a while, but really sit down and read over everything in the lease so that they know what to expect with everything. Many simply ski through the document, highlighting only the important points but by taking the time to read over everything in the lease, your renters will know exactly what you expect of them and what will happen to them if they don’t. There’ s no room for excuses if they know exactly what the lease says.
- Provide them with a quick cheat sheet
So that your renters know what’s important in the lease, provide them with a comprehensive cheat sheet that they can use as a friendly reminder of the important information as it relates to your property. This can be anything from a laminated piece of paper they can have handy or even a creative magnet that they can always keep on their fridge. This cheat sheet should include things they should know about in regards to caring for their space like your pet policy, how to change the filter, rent due dates each month, when their lease is up, etc.
Your property should have a newsletter for its tenants that comes out occasionally and tells them about new updates to the property or concerns management has. In this newsletter, make sure that you add educational renter tips that they can find useful. Tips can be anything on how to clean, how to decorate without causing damage and important reminders about policies at your complex.
- Foster a good landlord-tenant relationship
To encourage renters to be responsible, make sure that you have a good relationship with them so that they are more willing to follow the rules. Let them know that truly care about their needs and just don’t see them as rent each month. By establishing a good relationship with great communication, you’re making sure that your tenants are happy and that your property is intact.