It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking of your landlord as an adversary, someone whose interests clash with your own. But that faulty attitude can cost you time, money, and stress.

In reality, your landlord is a supplier, someone who has a business relationship with you. It’s true that your interests and theirs aren’t perfectly aligned. They want to charge as much as possible for their service, and you want to pay as little as possible, as in any supplier-client relationship. But suppliers and clients don’t have to have an antagonistic relationship – quite the opposite.

The better your relationship with your landlord, the easier it is to negotiate and secure favorable long-term contracts with them. When it comes time to renew the lease, a great tenant knows the landlord won’t drop them suddenly and may even be willing to renegotiate the terms. A strong rental history can even help you lower your rent rates without moving and obtain more perks on your lease renewal.

Try these 12 tips to become a sought-after tenant and secure lower rents, better lease terms, more housing security, and strong rental references when it comes time to move.

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