How to be a good tenant
Suitable and affordable housing is in high demand and in short supply. It is important to be a top-notch competitor; present yourself as the best possible tenant for the unit YOU want!
When calling landlords or property managers:
• Know what you're going to say before you say it; make a list of questions beforehand
• If the unit you are inquiring about is already rented, ask if the landlord has anything else available
• Be persistent. If a landlord doesn’t return your call, call again.
• Thank the landlord for their consideration, regardless of the result; they may refer you elsewhere.
When viewing an apartment with a landlord keep in mind that:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE LASTING, MAKE A GREAT ONE! and ALWAYS:
• Be on time
• Be presentable; neat in appearance
• Have your questions prepared
• Be prepared; bring references and deposit with you if possible
• If you don’t have tenant history, use employers
Once you have housing, don’t lose it!
• Always pay your rent on time
• If you break it, offer to fix it