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3 tips for landlord/tenant communications

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2023 | Landlord/Tenant Matters |

Communication is important in any relationship. This holds true for tenants and landlords in a similar way that it does for married couples or business partners. Being able to communicate can help things go smoothly and can help you avoid disputes.

That being said, the landlord/tenant relationship is unique and comes with its own challenges. Below are a few tips that can help communication go well.

1. Consider the best type of communication

One thing landlords and tenants may want to discuss is how best to get in touch with each other. Is a text message better than a phone call? Communication often stalls because someone will have an optimal form of communication that they like to use and the other person simply won’t know what it is. Talking about it in advance helps tremendously.

2. Establish an open-door policy

An open-door policy simply means that communication is welcome at any time. Neither the tenant nor the landlord should feel that they cannot get in touch with the other. This doesn’t mean that someone always has to be waiting by the phone, of course, but simply that the other party can initiate contact whenever they need to do so.

3. Be patient when you’re waiting on answers

Finally, disputes sometimes arise when one person wants an immediate answer and the other does not have one or simply takes longer than expected. A little bit of patience can go a long way, even with major issues, such as unpaid rent or repairs that haven’t been carried out on time.

Of course, communication is only half the battle. Disputes can certainly still arise, and all involved need to know what their rights are.