Tenants follow the simple Commandments, and 99% of landlord/tenancy challenges will be eradicated.
1] REMEMBER RENT DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY
Pay rent on time, and keep that calendar month holy! Stick to the agreed date set. The bread and butter of all commandants. Live it, learn it, and love it.
2] HONOUR THY SHELTER
Have some pride; take care of the property as if it were your own. It may not be your property, but it is your home.
3] HONOUR THY LANDLORD/AGENT
Be respectful. Don’t give your landlord/agents the silent treatment and don’t hide from your problems, communicate, be honest, and maybe there’s a solution. Communication is key.
4] THOU SHALT NOT STEAL
It’s illegal and blasphemy. The rule of thumb is simple. If it’s provided with the property, then it isn’t yours to take as a parting gift when you move out.
5] THOU SHALT PART WITH DIGNITY
When you vacate at the end of the tenancy, take ALL your items with you, even if you don’t want it. The reality is, if you don’t want it then your landlord/agents won’t either.
6] THOU SHALT REMAIN TRUE TO THYSELF
Don’t be someone you’re not. If you’re not a gas safe registered engineer, do not touch the pipes, boiler or central heating system. Landlords/agents expect things to break, so they won’t mind when it happens. It’s annoying when it happens, but, here it is again, it’s “part of the job”. However, what we do mind is when a tenant takes matters into his own unqualified hands. Leave it to the professionals (unless you are one).
7] THOU SHALT NOT STEW IN SILENCE
Report problems to your landlords/agents immediately, especially problems that can potentially manifest into something worse; don’t let things go unheard. Generally, it’s easier and quicker to resolve problems at their early stages. It’s easy. Real easy.
8] THOU SHALT EMPATHISE
Remain realistic about how things actually work in the real world. If something is broken, the agents/landlords may need “appropriate” time to make suitable arrangements, and may not be able to perform miracles over night. Moreover, if there is no hot water, and the plumber cancels or misses the appointment, understand it is not the landlord or agent fault.
9] THOU SHALT RESPECT THE LANDLORDS/AGENTS ROLE
Understand that the landlords/agents are running a business, and not a charity. While we adhere to be fair, we need to be firm. Despite popular belief, Landlord’s/agent’s are like regular people, we rely on the rental income to pay bills, just as much as you rely on your income to pay your bills.
10] THOU SHALT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY
If you’ve broken something, take it on the chin and accept responsibility. Don’t pass the buck and don’t try to mask the problem with strategically positioned furniture. When the problem is surfaced, which it often is, the outcome is often embarrassing. Spare yourself.
It’s all very simple stuff, follow these commandants and your tenancy will be prosperous