Tips for Tenants

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Renting a property can be a great experience for anyone. It gives you the opportunity to live in an area for a shorter period of time, explore new cities, or simply have the ability of enjoying a great space while having flexibility. Corken + Company can help you lease a luxury home while preparing to buy the home of your dreams. Being a great tenant is beneficial for both you and your landlord. Taking care of the property that you’re renting can save you money and help the landlord keep their home in great condition, even when they aren’t the ones living there.


From the experienced luxury leasing and property management team at Corken + Company, here are a few tips to help you stand out as an amazing tenant:



Keeping control of your keys

We’ve all made the mistake of accidentally locking ourselves out. As frustrating as this can be, the cost for the locksmith is usually paid for by the tenant. This is something you need to be prepared for if it happens to you.

Internet Installation

Tenants often ask us for assistance with setting up their internet. However, landlords are not responsible for setting up your internet or helping with installation. This is something that will need to be handled directly with the provider.


Be sure to check your lease for your landscaping responsibilities.  Most landlords require that you maintain the landscaping yourself, whether it be making sure the sprinklers run regularly or watering plants. Remember too that you must adhere to expectations of the HOA, even though HOA payments are not your responsibility.

Clean Regularly

One of the best things you can do for yourself and your rental is to clean regularly. This will help with the longevity of the home and its appliances. Cleaning the oven, microwave, and refrigerator are often overlooked but are common sources of a high cleaning bill after you move out.



Living in a neighborhood with an HOA can be an adjustment for some tenants. HOAs typically have strict rules and regulations that must be followed. This can be anything from designated move in and move out days to what you’re allowed to have on your balcony. If you break one of these rules, even accidentally, there are hefty fines.


If you have questions or concerns about any of the HOA rules, it’s best to contact the HOA directly, or ask your management company. It is also important to understand that an HOA can be an extremely positive thing, this association fee is often paid for by the owner, and may cover fees such as trash, snow removal, or neighborhood amenities.



If there are major maintenance issues at the property, it’s best to let your landlord know as soon as possible. Big issues can turn into bigger issues if left unattended. Some tenants don’t want to bother their landlord with complaints, but typically the landlord will appreciate your concern for their home. When Corken + Company manages your property, all maintenance requests will go through out experienced and prompt team.



Any correspondence with the landlord should be in writing. This makes it easier on both parties, especially in regards to lease renewals, roommate changes, and maintenance issues. This can also help you in the event of a landlord-tenant dispute, especially if it goes to court.


It can be a great arrangement for both tenants and landlords when these simple tips are followed. Communication is the most important aspect of renting. Building great relationships with landlords will only benefit you in the future.


If you’re looking for a luxury leasing experience, look no further than Corken + Company. Our team can help you find the luxury home of your dreams for lease or to purchase.


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