Top Tips for Getting On with Your Landlord

More of us than ever live in flats and HMOs, students and professionals alike, and have to build a relationship of some kind with our landlords. Here are our tips for getting things off to a good start and keeping them that way!

See it from both sides

Tenants and landlords both have rights and responsibilities. As a tenant, you have the right to a safe and comfortable home, and the responsibility to look after that space while you live there. Likewise, your landlord has the right to be paid rent on time, and the responsibility to be accessible and do their part to keep the property in good condition. If both parties understand where the other one is coming from, there’s no reason why the relationship can’t be respectful and mutually beneficial.

Understand your contract

Be clear on what is allowed by the contract, then make the most of the space you’re renting! For instance, many landlords prefer tenants not to use Blu Tack for posters and pictures, as it can damage the paint, but many are happy for tenants to use cork boards to pin stuff up on – no need to stare at blank walls all evening! Likewise, check if you’re allowed decorations like fairy lights, and make the most of them if you are. Get to know your contract inside and out, then stick to it!


Your landlord is there to help, so tell them when things break, as soon as possible! No one enjoys ringing up their landlord and asking them to send round a handyman, but it’s far better to do it as soon as possible, as most problems are easiest dealt with when they first appear.

Respect your landlord’s time

You have the right to an emergency number for 24/7 use, but in situations which aren’t emergencies, it’s important to respect your landlord’s boundaries. Minor issues like blown bulbs can often be sorted out independently, and larger problems should be dealt with during office hours if possible – landlords are unlikely to thank you for a midnight call on a Saturday for anything other than an emergency!

See it as an opportunity

If you go into a new tenancy agreement with an open mind, you’ll get more out of it – like with anything in life! Sure, you’ll probably never be best friends with your landlord, but there’s no reason why you can’t get on and treat each other with respect. At the end of the day you can never have too many people on your side!

In conclusion, your landlord and you can have a positive relationship if you’re both considerate – it doesn’t have to be difficult. At Maidenscott Properties we work hard to care for our tenants’ needs and ensure they feel secure in our properties – excellent people deserve excellent homes!

If you’re looking to find a new home here in Sunderland, or have property here that you’d be interested in leasing, please give us a call on 07717 784624 or email us at

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