Cool Tenant Wanted
April 27, 2010 1:14 PM Subscribe
I am about to close on my first house in three weeks and it has a small apartment underneath the main house so I am going to go from being a life-long renter to home-owner and landlord in one fell swoop. Help me to be a good landlord and attract good tenants.
posted by Bango Skank to human relations (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Since I am basically starting from scratch here I welcome any and all suggestions but I am especially interested in hearing from people who have been landlords and can offer some concrete advice on what has and has not worked for you. Some specific questions: did you write your own lease agreement or did you have a lawyer prepare it? How did you advertise your rental? What kind of questions do you ask prospective tenants?
And for all the renters out there what has made the difference between the "ok" landlords and the great landlords you have rented from?
Since my wife and I will be living in very close proximity (directly above them, sharing a driveway etc.) to whoever rents from us it is important to me that we have as convivial a relationship with them as possible.
Obligatory disclaimer: I know that you are not my lawyer and I plan on educating myself regarding housing laws in my jurisdiction.