Dont Lie to Your Landlord

Nobody likes a liar; no matter how big or small, a lie is still a lie. You shouldn’t lie to anyone including your landlord as tempting as it may be. Yes the relationship between the landlord and the tenant is always a strange one, but it’s always best to keep those relationships in good graces. They hold the key to easy living, and they rely on you to keep them up to date with the condition of the property.

All states have different laws regarding renting properties, but there are a couple general rules to follow to save your butt in the long run. Look at our list and save yourself some money and a major headache by just telling the truth.

Breach of lease

Do not ty and be smooth by letting a friend stay with you and keeping it from the landlord. Hiding roommates from your landlord can affect everyone in ways you don’t realize. You may think the background and credit checks are typical formalities for renters, but it’s there to protect the landlord. This is to make sure you are a responsible tenant who would treat his property like your own.

When you skip the screening process and sublet your apartment without your landlord’s approval, you put your landlord at risk, as well as everyone in the entire building. Now it becomes a safety and liability issue. If you choose to break this trust, expect people in your building to dislike you, and even eviction.

Added expenses

You might be in trouble if your landlord discovers you’ve made a hefty DIY project. They are allowed to fine you for changing anything structurally they do not approve of. They can claim you’ve caused damage. If you have managed to sneak in a pet and the landlord finds out, they can provide you with a painful bill, and even terminate the lease. That security deposit you were planning on getting back, kiss it goodbye. Somewhere in the lease it probably states that if you break the rules, that deposit is gone.

Credit score

If for whatever reason the landlord terminates the leas and evicts you, you could see quite a sizeable blow to your credit score. The eviction probably won’t show on your credit reports, but it will show up on future rental screenings. If you were kicked out for unpaid bills, those will more-than-likely be sent to collections which will affect your credit score.

Legal action

If you damages amount totals more than your security deposit, then you’re definitely not getting that back, and will receive more fines. If you in turn refuse to pay these fines they can take you to court to try and recover the monetary damages that were lost. Court is never fun.

Loss of a reference

You should not forget about your reputation. Yes, losing your home, money, credit score is bad, but landlords talk and can warn others about certain tenants. It could become increasingly difficult to find another place with a reputation as the person who got evicted.

Plain and simple, don’t hide stuff from your landlord. They are the ones steering your ship in the seas of comfortable living. If you hit a storm, it might take a while for that storm to die down. Do yourself a favor and be an honest person.

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