Maintaining good relations with landlords, tenants

It is vital that both parties are clued-up of their rights regarding tenanciesImage Credit: Supplied

Given the transient nature of the population in the UAE, renting property is a very common phenomenon in this part of the world. However, there are two important aspects to renting – renting a property as a tenant or renting out a property as a landlord. No matter which boat you are in, there are several steps that can be taken to maintain a cordial tenant-landlord relationship.

Tenancy contract – Since this written formal lease agreement between the tenant and landlord forms the base of their relationship, it should be thoroughly read and understood by both parties at the outset itself.

Communication – Regular communication is vital to keep any relationship going. As a tenant, you can invite or call your landlord home once in a while in order to build his trust. On the other hand, as an owner, you can be flexible towards specific requests received from your tenant, especially if it has to do with the number of checks that he or she is willing to provide.

Maintenance – As far as possible, the tenant should treat the unit as his own. While the landlord is responsible for any major maintenance of AC, electrical and plumbing systems, any general maintenance activity resulting from misuse of the property should be carried out by the tenant itself.

Notices – Any notice to renew the lease or vacate the premises should be given in a timely manner by both parties. In accordance with the rules, if a tenant wishes to vacate or renew the lease at the end of the tenancy, he should inform the landlord in writing 90 days prior to the expiry of the contract. Vice versa, if the landlord wishes to inform the tenant of changes in the rent or other terms and conditions, he needs to do so in writing 90 days prior to the end of the contract.

Settlement of dispute – In the unfortunate event of a dispute, the landlord and tenant should get together and try to resolve it informally. If this does not happen, they should resort to the prescribed legal means rather than getting aggressive and acting unreasonably.

Handy Hints:

* A tenant’s relationship with the landlord can impact his comfort and lifestyle

* Most tenancies go well if both the landlord and the tenant abide by the rules

* Communication is key in order to build trust between the landlord and tenant

Source: Priyanka Wade, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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