There are some things your landlord doesn't need to know. These include the bra size of the girl you brought home last night, your opinions on the latest Giants-Cowboys game, and how your grandmother is doing for the fifth time this week. These upcoming 4 things are not in this category. Telling your landlord if any of these things occur will save both you and your landlord plenty of hassle and money in the long run.
4. Your Apartment is Collapsing Around You
Well, not really. That was already obvious. But even for the small things, such as hearing a quiet "drip, drip, drip" or seeing a few rats running around in the hallways, alerting your landlord is not likely to piss them off. In fact, they'll probably thank you. Oftentimes, structural defects, infestations, or broken utilities can get worse over time, and it's in everyone's best interest to fix them as soon as possible. Take Adam Jernow's case, a principal at OGI Management who recently had to deal with a collapsing rooftop due to rain. If the upper-floor tenants had warned him about hearing drips earlier, he could have saved tens of thousands of dollars.
3. Your Neighbors are Smoking
Though this might not seem like that big of a deal, it's certainly quite annoying having to whiff through secondhand smoke every morning on the way out to work. And more relevant to your landlord, smoking can cause thousands of dollars of smoke damage to the apartment, requiring repainting and carpet replacements in order to lease the apartment to a non-smoker in the future. Definitely report it if you're bothered by it: your super or landlord will put a stop to it quickly.
2. You're Planning On Leaving
Sometimes, it may be hard to send that break-up letter. Maybe you've still got feelings for the apartment. Perhaps your landlord is a sensitive guy and might be crushed by your rejection. However, everyone benefits if you break it to him early and respectfully. Telling them early gives the landlord more time to find a new renter, or if you're breaking your lease and leaving early, more time to find your replacement and save you a lot of extra cash. You'll get better recommendations, more time to move out, and possibly save yourself the hassle of finding another renter to take your place.
1. You're Planning on Remodeling or Repairing Your Apartment
If you're thinking about performing any renovations on your apartment, slow down for a second. Take a deep breath. And contact your landlord. You could get some cash back out of this situation.
Oftentimes, if your apartment is in bad enough shape to require extensive renovations, the landlord will end up doing the renovations themselves after you move out, or in the next couple of years. Consequently, you're saving them plenty of money by repairing things yourselves, and that's worth cold hard cash. Negotiate with them to see if you can get a cheaper rent, or if the landlord will subsidize the costs of your remodeling. For many people such as Todd and Marlene Capron, their landlords reduced their rent by hundreds a month in return for a spiffy renovation.
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