How to deal with a horrible roommate

How to deal with a horrible roommate

If you’ve never had an experience with a horrible roommate, then you should consider yourself to be a lucky person. Those who have dealt with such people know the pain of dealing with someone who cannot be reasoned with whatsoever. Such people should never really have a roommate to live with, but somehow end up with normal people as roommates who they then continue to irritate and torment till they move out eventually. Dealing with such people is not always a possibility, but let’s talk about how the damage can be minimized and how you can get out of the sticky situation with as little trauma as you possibly can.

How to not end up with a horrible roommate

You can avoid the entire problem by eliminating it before it even begins. However, it isn’t always possible to identify a person if they’re a downright crazy person. They might be good at pretending to be normal, just to get you to share the rent of the apartment that you’re living in. Once they move in, they begin showing their true colors and begin making your life miserable. However, if you do happen to catch unpleasant behavior from the person, then you know that you should drop their case immediately. And by unpleasant behavior, a general sense of the lack of respect is being considered. Being angry is a legitimate human trait, and you shouldn’t kick someone off your list just because they were upset at something legitimate.

Don’t retaliate

If you slowly realize that the person that is your roommate is someone that is being very unpleasant towards you, then there is one thing that should never do. You should never, under any circumstances, retaliate with behavior similar to theirs. This will do nothing for the better, and will make things a lot worse.

Most of the time, horrible roommates won’t really realize that they are the ones at fault, and once you’ve reacted to them in a negative manner, they’ll make themselves to be the victim and then start taking revenge on you. This is not the direction you want your relationship to go in, and you’ll be a lot better off just ignoring everything they do.

Talk to a friend

This doesn’t do much on the whole, but will definitely help to keep you sane while you look for a different place to live. Make sure you don’t ask the roommate to move out because they most likely won’t.  Instead, they’ll start making things worse for you. Just ignore them until you can find something better for yourself.

Move out

This is the one thing that you can do in order to deal with a horrible roommate. You need to move out and find yourself a better place to live in as soon as you possibly can. There isn’t much else that you can do in order to deal with the situation.

How to Find Tenants for Your House

How to Find Tenants for Your House

Decided you wanted to move away from your home and live somewhere else for a while? Hey, that’s awesome! It’s always a great experience to move around and try new things. While your home is empty, I’m sure you’ve thought of renting the place out to tenants in order to make a bit out of it. Oh, you’re not sure where to find them? Well, don’t worry; it’s much easier than it sounds!

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Advertise

The first step on your way to finding decent tenants is to advertise your place! You can place an advert on the property grounds, or if possible somewhere in town. The advert should have gorgeous shots of your house and the surrounding scenery, as well as details about it; the size, number of bedrooms, plus estimated cost per month. This way, if someone contacts you about your house, you know they have a genuine interest because they already have all the facts. You can also post your advertisement online. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to simply post your advert on social media and ask your friends to share it to their friends, who share to theirs, etc. This way you may even know someone who is friends with the people who sign up to rent your house. Another way is to find a company that is willing to advertise for you. This way may bring in more options for tenants, but it will cost you for the company’s services.

Be Prepared for Tours

tenant landlord picNow that you have some people interested in your place, you should be ready and willing to allow them a tour of your house at any time of day. The majority of people wish to see the place they are renting first hand. If you keep your place neat and tidy, this will improve your chances of a client accepting your rental agreement. If potential tenants take the time to come visit your home and find it in a messy state, it’s a real turnoff. They will find it more difficult to imagine themselves living there if it is messy.

Hire a Rental Agent

You may be around for the initial tenants who are looking into renting your house; however, once you’ve moved to wherever it is you plan to go, you will need someone to look after the place for you and make sure that the contract agreement you signed with them is honoured. A rental agent is capable of checking in on tenants in terms of making sure they are taking care of the property, as well as making sure they pay their monthly bill. A rental agent is also able to take care of finding new tenants should the initial tenants decide to move on at the end of your contract with them. If you are still living nearby, you may wish to look after things on your own; but even in this case having a rental agent can still take a lot of the strain off your shoulders.

Negotiating a Good Rental Deal with Your Landlord

Negotiating a Good Rental Deal with Your Landlord

Renting sounds complicated and annoying, but it really is an easy and convenient process. The only difficult thing about renting is finding a good rental deal from an honest landlord. Many landlords are good people, but there is always the occasional one that is just trying to rip all your money away! So how does one negotiate a good rental deal? Good question! Read on to find out!

Compare Prices

The first and most obvious thing to work out is the cost of the house you plan to rent. More than likely your potential landlord will have already given you an estimated monthly cost for their house. You need to check three basic things in order to determine whether or not their price is good; quality, quantity, and size. If the quality of the house is good, meaning nothing is broken or damaged in any way, this factor can be ignored for now. The quantity of the house is referring to the provided appliances and furnishings. If your landlord tries to charge you the same rates as most other rentals in that area but isn’t providing your with any furnishings, you need to negotiate a decrease in monthly cost. If he refuses to lower the cost, either you need to convince them to supply essential furnishings or move on to anyone rental house. The final thing to check for is size. Based on the size of the property, most importantly the size of the house itself, the landlord’s rental fees should be adjusted accordingly. Do your best to find out the average prices for other rentals in the area and then use those to negotiate the honest price for what the landlord is offering you.

Make Sure Your Contract is Fair

Money is only half the issue here. Once you have come to terms with the monthly fee, you need to start working on the contract itself. In most contracts, the landlord will specify that any appliance or object owned by them that is damaged by the tenants should be repaired or replaced by the tenants; however, any appliance that breaks from careful use should be repaired or replaced by the landlord. If you use the landlord’s washing machine and it decides to sputter and die right in front of you, the contract should give you the right to request the landlord to pay for the repairs. On the other hand, if your child decides to put a wrench inside it or cut the wires with some scissors they found, the contract should specify that you will be replacing or repairing it. These are reasonable terms. If for some reason your landlord has not specified these in the contract, do NOT sign it until they do. If you sign a contract without these specifications in it, your landlord would legally be able to force you to repair any damaged item in the house! Once you’re confident that the contract is accurate and honest, you can sign it and prepare to move into your new home!