Like yin and yang, tension will always be present between landlords and tenants.
Ever since condominiums or apartments have come around, landlords have gained a bad connotation for every home seeker. In UK alone, renting has become a commodity for most people.
A recent English Housing survey revealed a decrease in home ownership in the UK and an increase in the number of private tenants. Owing to the rising prices in real estate industry and tougher mortgage requirements, more and more Brits have chosen to veer away from these problems and resort to renting apartments or condos from private landlords instead.
They may have escaped mortgage problems, but the thing about renting is that apart from dealing with noisy neighbours and other household concerns, one great thing that may cause you major stress is your landlord. As such, it is no surprise that many tenants have grown some sort of grudge and hatred for their landlords.
By definition, landlords and tenants are two different species with different objectives, wants, and needs. As the renting trend increases, false impressions about landlords continue to increase. Are these always true? Or are we bounded by hearsays that our minds get clouded up and we tend to veer away from logic thus hating our landlords?
Read on and find out the common misconceptions you might have about your most hated landlord and discover the truth to help you deal with them.
1. Landlords’ Covetously Wisecracks
Often-times landlords are seen as greedy and mean because all they talk and joke about is money and how you as a tenant keep dodging all his rental reminders. Sometimes, even when they joke around, it still involves the monthly rental fee forcing you to think that all landlords are greedy.
Truth: Not all landlords are mean and not all their jokes refer to rental fees or money. Like you, they have their reasons and you have to know their reason for being mean or making such jokes. For landlords to establish authority over their tenants, landlords need to appear firm and buff.
Most of the time they appear this way because of past experience with tenants who fail to comply with the rental fee deadlines. As such, learn how to become a responsible tenant and pay your rent on time. Engage in a friendly conversation with your landlord to establish a relationship and debunk this misconception. Besides, not all men are the same, why should it not apply to landlords?
2. Landlords breathe fees and due date
By the end of every month when tenants see their landlords, one thing comes to their minds, this man will talk about the rental fee and the nearing due date again.
Truth: Private rental is a business and if you think that all landlords think of is money and the due date, you might want to think again. Most landlords scream of due dates and fees only to tenants which establish a bad history of paying the rent.
As such, as a responsible tenant, you should be able to notify your landlord ahead of time when the payment will be made. On another note, since you are a tenant, even if you get nagged with the fees and due dates, you should be able to handle it calmly since it is your duty. Landlords are just doing their monthly reminders to keep their business going.
3. Landlords keep the rent to themselves
Common rants about renting include tenants’ belief that landlords are wealthy since he makes money from renting.
Truth: Like every business man, landlords have to maintain their properties which has its corresponding price. Investing on a property rental requires expenses on advertising, repairs and maintenance, and utility bills for the outskirts of the property. As these bills increase, the landlord has the right to increase your rent.
4. Landlords are Heartless
Most tenants claim landlords as heartless since they evict people even with disability or even if they are pregnant so long as they do not pay their rent.
Truth: While it may seem that landlords are heartless, one of the realities of renting includes pregnancy or even disabilities could not prevent or delay an eviction.
As long as the landlord has a Warrant of eviction, you may already be evicted from your unit. Being that landlords see private renting as a business, the landlord could evict a tenant for no reason so long as it is not illegal discrimination such as race, religion, children, nationality, disability, or marital status.
5. Landlords could enter your unit as they please
As landlords, tenants usually think that their landlords have the right to enter their apartments at their own will without any notice and whenever they intend to.
Truth: Fallacy. Landlords should have a reasonable or legal excuse to enter your apartment. If not, a notice should be given to the tenant beforehand giving full awareness that he or she will enter your unit.
This happens when the landlord sees unusual activities in your apartment or if there are legal sanctions from the government to enter the unit.
6. Landlords can increase the rent at any time
Most tenants think that landlords increase the rent whenever they want without any valid reason.
Truth: Though landlords may seem like money grubbers, landlords can only increase the rent once in every year.
Before implementing an increase in rent however, landlords are supposed to send out proper legal notice indicating the percentage increase allowed by the law.
7. Landlords could lock you out of your apartment
Movies may have portrayed landlords locking their tenants out of their units without prior notice. Others may have even heard of landlords changing the locks of the apartment and packing all the stuff of their tenant out of the unit.
Truth: No landlord could lock his or her tenant out of a rental unit nor change the locks just to keep the tenant out. Before having the tenant evicted from the unit, the landlord should show a Warrant of Eviction and show it to the tenant.
After such notice, the Sheriff or landlord can change the lock of the unit to keep the tenant out.
8. Landlords are irresponsible cheapskates, they should pay for anything that gets broken
Most tenants think that landlords should pay for original properties in the apartment that gets broken or gets worn out. When they break the built-in cabinet, or the mirror in the comfort room, they automatically call on their tenant to have it fixed without paying any charges.
Truth: Contrary to popular belief, most landlords include a list of the properties that they are accountable for in the lease. With this, other than the public property in your apartment, your landlord is not responsible of fixing the cabinet that you broke. Before charging up to your landlord with bullets of protests, read the lease and know where you stand.
Don’t allow your judgement to be clouded by the rumours that you hear when buying or renting properties. What may seem or be true with other landlords may not be necessarily the same with your landlord.
Give them the benefit of the doubt as you would with every person that you have just met. Be mindful of your responsibilities as a tenant and know your rights as well.
This way you will avoid getting in the way of arguing with your landlord. If you are having a hard time catching up with your landlord, you may choose to own a condo of your choice.
Article provided by: Patricia Evans, Interior Designer and Writer, Huffington Post UK Blog