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Tips for Landlords

Top Tips to make your life as Landlord easier
Tips to make your life easier as a Landlord

Whether you’re an experienced landlord or just about to start out, these top tips will help make the job a little easier and smoother for you.

Get the Right Insurance

When you’re trusting your property to a tenant that you’ve never met before and know very little about, there’s a lot of risk involved. It’s important to trust your tenants, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the right insurance cover too. Your property and its contents can get damaged, so you need to be able to pay for repairs should anything happen.

Getting insurance as a landlord isn’t the same as getting ordinary home insurance. Insurers won’t pay out on an ordinary home insurance policy if you’ve been renting out your property. You need specific landlord insurance that covers your home and contents against malicious and non-malicious damage.

Build a Strong Relationship with Tenants

Your life as a landlord will be made a lot easier if you have a good relationship with your tenants. And if you have a fractious relationship with them, things can get unworkable, very quickly. It has to be a two-way relationship, so the effort isn’t all on your part. But don’t do anything that could annoy your tenant too much.

I find that the best landlords are those that are there when the tenant needs them, and not there the rest of the time. There’s nothing worse for a tenant than an overbearing landlord who is always calling up and checking how things are. That’s not what people want in a landlord.

Know the Law

Tenants and landlords alike have many legal right and obligations, and it’s important that you know them before you hand over your keys to your tenant. First of all, you’re not allowed to discriminate based on race, sex or disability when finding a tenant. Then you should be aware of what you’re responsible for.

It’s your responsibility to make sure that the property is safe and secure for habitation. And the tenant is responsible for paying bills on time and keeping the property in good condition. You’re not allowed to break the agreed notice period, and unlawful eviction is a criminal offence in most places.

Know Your Market Inside Out

When you’re looking to expand your property portfolio, you need to fully understand the market. Don’t forget, it’s changing all the time, so you need to keep on top of the latest changes in your local property market. You don’t want to be tripped up by changes that you’re not aware of when buying a rental property.

Having a larger property portfolio brings its own problems too. You’re still only one person, but you have more tenants and properties to look after. To help make things easier, use a company like Network 4 Rentals, that helps you manage and organize your portfolio. Then you’ll be able to keep everything in check.
Life as a landlord can be pretty stressful at times, so make your life as easy as possible by following these tips.


  1. As I said in an earlier comment, me and my husband are in the process of selling our small home to purchase a bigger one as the family has grown.

    One of the things we are considering is renting our current home instead of selling it. With the interest rate, we were able to get and recently refinancing to lower the mortgage payment we could rent our current home for more than we pay monthly.

    This post helps me to see things that I need to look at like having the proper insurance. I also like what you wrote about building a relationship with the tenants. I can see where that would help but had not thought about that. You started me thinking and I know that we have more to consider before we decide to rent or sell. Thanks

  2. I have had rental property for some years and what you have here is exactly right. In the beginning, I did not have the right insurance on one of the smaller property, and it ended up costing me several thousand dollars. It would have been much cheaper to read this and then sit down with my insurance agent.

    Many people think that being a landlord is hard to do and a big bad place to go. It is not that difficult but as Bo said you have to play by the rules and build good relationships with your tenets. You do that, and it is worth the time and effort. It is also a great return on your investment. Much better than anywhere else.

  3. Your article gives me huge relief, I’ve been talking to one couple to move into my old house, but don’t have much information about any legal terms. But now I can rent my house easily with all terms and condition. Will keep all your tips in my mind for future. Thanks.

  4. Thanks for the tips. I’ve been wanting to become a landlord, but I’m not quite sure I’m ready with all the rules and regulations that go with it. I’m scared I’ll miss something and get in trouble. I’d love for you to put up some more articles. Thanks tons.