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Be the Best tenant you Can be: Landing a Rental Property

When moving out, you have to consider what style of living you're going for; do you want to own a property, or rent one? It's a tough decision, but for those on a lower budget – especially if this property will be their first, you can't deny the advantages of the rental side; There are less commitments, fewer costs and nowhere near as many risks involved. If you're thinking of taking this route, however – keep in mind that you've got to win the landlord over before you will be given the keys. You've got to convince them that you are the right fit for their property. This might sound difficult, but don't worry – here are a few ways to do just that.References are importantJust like when job hunting, when looking for a rental property it's very advantageous to have good references. Any positive ones will help, previous employers, educators, and even previous landlords if you've rented before.References are a good way of measuring character, and that's why your budding landlord might ask for some. Think of it this way; if you're a good employee who doesn't have a record of causing trouble at your place of work, chances are you'll be an agreeable tenant. Not only that, but it's an opinion of a fellow professional, and as professionals themselves, the landlord knows they can trust it.Have a good financial recordIf you're smart with your cash now, and have been smart with your cash in the past, you're already looking like someone the landlord can get along with. If you have a good credit rating, and don't have any outstanding debts, then you'll be able to get all of your rent in on time, and the landlord can continue to rake in his / her income. You've got to remember, this is most likely the landlord's main source of income, so if they can depend on you to get your rent in on time, they can continue the upkeep of the house and can carry on with business as usual. Bottom line – rent first, friendships later.Be a pleasant person to be aroundThough, that being said, being an all around likeable person is a good way to keep on your landlord's good side. Make a good first impression, but it's important that you be yourself. If they invite you around for a chat, treat it like a job interview, but with a more relaxed atmosphere. If you're handed the keys, continue being your likeable self, but stick to the house rules. Don't play your loud music, put the television on full blast, or hold your house parties on weekdays if your landlord puts down noise regulations. You've got to keep in mind that the landlord isn't doing that to be a grouch, they're doing it so both you and them can both have a comfortable living experience. With that being said, if they don't keep to the rules as well, be sure to let them know – and if it carries on, it's probably best you find somewhere else to stay. They're not worth your time or money.So, keep these three things in mind, and you'll be sure to win the landlord over, and land yourself a comfortable place to stay.  Keep in mind though, you've got to stay on their good side – a rental contract requires two signatures to stay legit.