5 Types of Landlords You May Encounter in Your Life
When it comes to finding the right apartment, there may be a bit more to consider than location and your budget. Your landlord can set the tone for your experience in a rental unit. An absentee landlord may make your living conditions uncomfortable when necessary repairs aren’t made. On the other hand, a landlord who keeps tabs on everyone may not be ideal, either. If you’re planning to sign a lease for a rental unit soon, you may want to keep these five types of landlords in mind.
1. The Drop-InPerhaps your landlord has decided to treat you like a long-lost member of her family. This can be a great situation if she occasionally invites you over for Sunday dinner or shares produce from her yard. On the other hand, having an overly friendly relationship with your landlord may mean she feels she can drop in at any time. If you feel the visits are too frequent and unannounced, then perhaps you can work out a schedule for weekly visits with her or politely establish some boundaries.
2. The Brick WallImagine your faucet is leaking like crazy, but your landlord won’t return your (many) calls to repair it. Or perhaps you have a few suggestions on how to improve your rental unit, only to find your ideas are falling on deaf ears. You might be dealing with a brick wall — or at least with a landlord who can be uncooperative. What’s a frustrated tenant to do? Consider keeping a list of these unaddressed problems for your rental unit, as well as a record of when you tried to contact your landlord. It may help to have these documents to show them when you try to speak with them about the issues.
3. The Camp CounselorA landlord who’s more like a camp counselor may create a more relaxed atmosphere in an apartment setting. From planning events for the entire apartment complex to mediating disputes between tenants, your landlord keeps things in check — but also knows how to have some fun. If you’d like to help keep the good times going, then consider helping your landlord plan the next event.
4. The BusybodyDid you get a package in the mail? Whether you just received a new magazine subscription or an overdue notice for a bill, your landlord knows all about it. She also has the gossip on her tenants and keeps her finger firmly on the pulse of what’s happening in her rental units. Remember, you don’t have to make your life an open book, even for someone who owns your apartment building. One way to keep your life private is to make sure your mail is safe and secure. ApartmentTherapy.com offers a few tips to consider like renting out a post office box at your nearby post office.
5. The AceThis is the landlord who makes repairs in a timely manner and helps all tenants feel at home. A landlord who is an ace has struck the right balance between being friendly and providing a comfortable and well-maintained place to live. In other words, you’re lucky, as this may truly be the ideal landlord. Make sure to show your appreciation, and try to make life a little easier for your landlord.
When it comes to renting an apartment, knowing which type of landlord you have may be about as important as signing the lease or moving in to your new place.
Originally published April 25, 2016.