How Do You Establish a Good Relationship With Your Tenant?

At the most basic level, you want to have a landlord-tenant relationship based on mutual respect. Using power plays to gain control over a situation shows that you have greater communication problems and gaps between you and your tenant. While you can and should set the rules, you should always enforce them in a way that is both predictable and fair.

Think about your ultimate goals. Remember that even though your relationship with your tenants should be a professional one, it’s still a relationship. Good communication and a solid written lease agreement are key as you navigate tricky situations. Keeping the landlord-tenant relationship in line with the law is the minimum requirement. Tenant satisfaction, lease renewals, and a long-term landlord-tenant relationships are higher business goals.