Renter's Who Rock: Building a Relationship with Your Landlord

You did it, you made it to the first of the month and paid rent! Pat yourself on the back. Just one of the responsibilities of a renter is to pay your rent on time. This monthly post is dedicated to the warrior renters out there!

For October, we’ll be sharing our favorite tips for developing a good relationship with your landlord.

You don’t need to be BFFs if that isn’t your style, but maintaining a good working relationship with your landlord/property manager is a must! This can lead to a positive experience in your current home, and has the ability to turn into an outstanding reference when you’re applying for a new place. Start now.


  1. Know the details.

    1. Who do you contact when there’s an issue? Keep the details of who you should contact for exactly what issue. Property manager? Do you have their email/cell/unit number? Once you have the contact information make sure you know their preferred protocol.

    2. Know your lease, keep a copy with you as a reference and ask be able to ask questions. Better safe than sorry.

  2. Non emergency vs. emergency.

    1. A lightbulb out is a total non emergency (and something you can take care of yourself) water leaking onto the floor? Emergency!

    2. Know they’re preferred protocol. What may be a non-emergency for some may be an emergency for another landlord.

  3. Be helpful.

    1. Make sure you are upholding your responsibilities as an amazing tenant and if you want, go the extra mile. Open the gate for your neighbor juggling five bags of groceries! Or ask your prop manager how you can help. They might not need any help, but it’s always the thought that counts.

  4. Say thank you.

This is super easy. Basic friend making/keeping skills. Let them know you appreciate them! Sure it’s their job...but they’re doing it and people want to be acknowledged. Say “thank you”, say you're “so happy you get to work with them”. You want to be a pleasure rather than a nuisance. Good karma will come your way, I’m sure of it.


Written by Kelly Bates