It’s Valentine’s Day, the perfect day to celebrate your loved ones! Whether you have plans with a significant other or are commemorating the day solo, this is a great time to sit down and reflect on how you can show your tenants you appreciate them in the coming months. Here are a few things you can do after Valentine’s Day to show your tenants you love them, increase the chances of lease retention, and resolve any standing issues.
Tenant Happiness Checkup
With all landlord-tenant relationships, it’s extremely important that your tenants feel comfortable letting you know if something needs to be fixed on the property. This not only prevents further damages, but makes your renters feel like you care. After Valentine’s Day make it a priority to check up on your tenants and your rental’s conditions. With all the recent storms happening this year, it might be a good idea to diagnose if your property has mold as well.
As Winter slowly changes into Spring, you might be already budgeting for future renovations, Spring maintenance, and landscaping projects. While planning, get your tenants involved by giving them a few simple options. For example, what color flowers they want planted, or a choice between two affordable ceiling fans/outdoor lights. This will make your tenants feel more connected to your rental home, increasing the chances of a lease renewal. While you’re at it, you might as well give your renters a heads up as to the upcoming Spring maintenance.
Try to Resolve Any Issues
Unfortunately, not all landlord-tenant relationships start off on a good foot. If you and your tenants have any issues, take the time to try and resolve them. While not every dispute can be solved, give yourself some self-love and try to minimize the damage (don’t send a potato eviction notice) for your own peace of mind. Take a look at our two guides on how to handle difficult residents, and how to manage tenant and neighbor arguments. When in doubt, reviewing your rights as a landlord is never a bad idea.
If you have a vacant property (or are expecting your current tenants will not renew), start off your new tenant-landlord relationship on the right foot with online rental applications, and good and frequent communication. The faster and easier the leasing process is, the happier your new renters will be.
From all of us at ApplyConnect®, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!