As the tenant of a property, the burden of caring for that property lies on you alone. Each time a landlord rents out his property to you, he trusts you with it completely. As we'll see in this article, taking care of the property you are renting is a win-win for you and the landlord.
Many people complain about landlords treating them disrespectfully after they have not played their part in fulfilling their responsibilities as a tenant. You cannot, however, expect your landlord to be good to you if you are not good to their property.
Here are some reasons why you should look after rented property.
The Property Is Yours... For The Time Being
A lot of people who rent out apartments or homes believe that since they aren't technically the owners of the place, that they can treat it however they like.
This selfish attitude always has consequences. You cannot, for example, expect someone to be good to you if you aren't going to reciprocate.
If the owner of a piece of property is allowing you to live in it on rent, they are entrusting that you will take all precautions and necessary steps to care for the property, as if it were your own.
So, for example, you will be expected to clean up the property regularly, as you would your own home. You will be expected to avoid any dangerous activities within the rented property, such as doing illegal drugs indoors.
These are basics that your landlord will not exactly inform you, but will expect from you nonetheless.
Reciprocation Is Key
Remember that the world is round and that everything you give comes back to you in some shape or form. If you are good to the landlord and to the property that is under your care, and if you make sure to maintain the property in the same condition that it was given to you in, then undoubtedly, your landlord will reciprocate this by being good to you, and by making your stay in that property as comfortable and relaxed as they possibly can. If you are making an effort, your landlord will make an effort, too.
Even simple gestures can go a long way in letting your landlord know that you are serious about looking after the property. For example, try not to lose the keys that you have been given. Take care of them safely, and on the off-chance that you do manage to lose them, always replace the keys with a new pair, so that the landlord faces no inconvenience.
Similarly, take precautions to ensure that you are returning the property in the same (if not better) condition that it was given to you in. If you accidentally damage something in the property, try to replace it. If you can't replace it, then at the very least inform the landlord so that they can make the necessary arrangements.
These were some of the reasons why you should look after your rented property. Remember, while renting any property, that property is wholly your responsibility. So take care of it to the best of your ability, and your landlord is sure to love you!