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Published on March 11th, 2014 | by Chris Snell - Rental Success


Rent My House and Make the Tenants Live Like I do

“Tell the tenants we never used that room to watch television…”

One of the big mistakes that home owners make when they rent out their house is that they feel like they are trying to “rent my home”. This creates huge problems from an emotional perspective. More often than not, the trap for the home occupier become landlord is that they expect a new tenant to live like they did.

Tensions arise during an owner visit to the property during the tenancy. Here the owners come landlord conducts a walk through the property. At this stage the landlord has come to realise that the property is not being occupied in a way that meets with their approval. A perfectly satisfactory tenancy may be in place and the new residents might well be the prefect tenant … but the emotional owner is really struggling with the thought of having to let go of the past.

A few thoughts to help you focus:

  1. Your home was your home when you lived in it.
  2. Your home is now your house and part of contractual agreement where somebody pays rent.
  3. Your tenants will set up their home as they think fit for their enjoyment.
  4. Your house, when rented out will make various homes for multiple tenants over time.
  5. So long as your tenants are not damaging or neglecting your house then allow it to be their home.
Continue to remind yourself that your house has taken up a whole new function for you whilst you rent it out. Embrace the new purpose of the tenancy agreement in place and you will be sure to embrace the new found freedom you are enjoying in your new home somewhere else. Wishing you rental success.

Written by Chris Snell, Property Manager, Rental Success Blog

About the Author

Chris Snell is a licensed real estate agent and started his property career in 1992. Chris has experience in real estate sales and rental property management services. Chris has developed an excellent professional knowledge of all matters associated with rental property management and tenancy related issues. Chris manages a top tier property management company and aspires to educate property investors and landlords on the important aspects of rental success.

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