Navigating life as a renter can sometimes be tricky. There are many things to consider, from finding the perfect place all the way to making that place feel like your own. You also need to have a basic understanding of how leases work and what your rights are in order to make sure you are covered.
As a property manager or landlord, empowering your tenants with the knowledge of their renter rights, renter-friendly design tips, and information on how to navigate lease terms, can help improve your landlord-tenant relationships. I always encourage property managers and landlords to share informative articles and helpful tenant tips like these with their renters and network. I have been extremely lucky to write about all sorts of landlord and renter tips for a variety of media outlets, and one of my favorite resources where I contribute is Apartment Guide.
On ApartmentGuide.com, I dive into many of the important topics affecting renters today. ApartmentGuide.com is part of the RentPath family of companies, which empowers people to find apartments and houses for rent around the country. This site specifically seeks to connect renters with their ideal apartment home, while providing helpful information, tips, and expert viewpoints through their blog.
Whether you are a landlord or property manager, or a renter, I encourage you to access ApartmentGuide.com’s vast network of resources, articles, and educational materials. Share them with your tenants or enjoy them yourself, to further your knowledge about being a great renter and strengthen your landlord-tenant relationships.
Here are just a few renter-related topics you might enjoy on Apartment Guide:
Statistics show that many renters, upon moving out of their home, have little understanding of why a landlord may have kept part or all of their security deposit. In this piece, I outline some of the ways to avoid this kind of unwelcome surprise including move-out best practices and what to look for in your lease language. Check out the complete article here: https://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/landlord-security-deposit-deduction/
When signing a lease, one of the most important things to consider is the length of time that the lease agreement covers. You’ll typically come across two options when it comes to the length of the lease agreement: fixed-term agreements or month-to-month. Wondering which type of lease will work best for you? This article outlines the pros and cons of each lease option you should consider when making your decision. The complete list can be found here: https://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/fixed-term-vs-month-to-month-leases/
When you’re signing a legal document, you need to ensure that you understand everything it says and its implications. This article outlines common terms included in a lease agreement, what they mean and how they might affect you. Having this kind of knowledge can help you get through the lease signing process without any surprises down the road. Check the 10 terms out here: https://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/common-rental-lease-terms/
While this piece originally published during the winter months and busy holiday season, many of the premises it outlines can be applied at any time of year. Eliminating the things that don’t “bring you joy” is all the rage right now with Japanese organizer Marie Kondo’s popularity, and this is a good place to start. Taking a step back, being honest with yourself about what you need (and don’t need) and asking for an outside opinion when it comes to decluttering is helpful any time of year. Check out my tenant tips here: https://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/winter-decluttering-tips-for-renters/
Check back for more articles in the coming months!