How to Bring Up Uncomfortable Issues With Your Landlord

Your landlord should be a resource for you to vent, let out your concerns, or talk about anything that is bothering you about your stay at any particular apartment community. How do you bring up uncomfortable things to your landlord to ensure that you're not opening up a can of worms with your neighbors or…

Your landlord should be a resource for you to vent, let out your concerns, or talk about anything that is bothering you about your stay at any particular apartment community. How do you bring up uncomfortable things to your landlord to ensure that you're not opening up a can of worms with your neighbors or management team?

Some of the common situations you'll be involved in as a renter are as follows, and I've also outlined some of the common ways to handle these situations with your landlord:

-When your upstairs neighbors are stomping around, or making too much noise too early, or too late in the day.
-When there are skateboarding kids outside your apartment making lots of noise and also endangering their lives with cars speeding by.
-The dog next door is barking constantly and you know it's not on the lease.

Each of these situations are uncomfortable to bring up with your landlord, but each of these situations need toought up to be corrected. If you do not bring any of them up with your landlord, there will not be anything done to accommodate you, or your needs.

The absolute best approach to any uncomfortable situation is to write your landlord a letter. The beginning of your letter should start out saying something like “I enjoy living here,” or, “I've loved the time that I've spent at this community that far, but …” This gives the landlord the initial impression that you're not just some person that complains about everything, and it also lets the landlord know subconsciously that they are doing an excellent job managing the community. Then, you need to be very clear about what your problem is. You must not explain in your letter how to correct the issue, because that will overstep the manager's toes and could cause you future problems with that landlord if you need their help again. Letting the manager solve the issue in their own way is crucial to helping you solve the issues that exist. Your letter will be filed away in your personal resident file, and you will have a record of your complaint if needed for future problems with the same neighbors.

Now, you may be concerned that the landlord may mention you and this could cause an uncomfortable environment between you and your problem neighbor. You should rest easy knowing that your relationship with your landlord is private just as the doctor / patient relationship. You will not have to worry about being retaliated against just because you had an issue.

During your initial apartment search, look up reviews online and make sure the landlord is not brushing off concern, and is actually handling them appropriately, because you just never know when one landlord is not following the rules appropriatively.