As professional Alabama rental managers, we have served countless tenants and owners alike who depend on us for our expertise in managing rental properties. For tenants, that means being a reliable and trustworthy representative of the unit’s owner who is just as concerned with serving them as serving the landlord. With that in mind, here are three tips that can help tenants during the course of their lease, ranging from dealing with property managers to knowing your rights. Get Everything in Writing For starters, when dealing with a property manager, make sure you get everything in writing. The last thing you want to have happen is a misunderstanding between something you’re entitled to or allowed to do and something you’re not. These misunderstandings can happen because of improper documentation. If you and your landlord have come to an understanding or agreement about something, be sure to document it. Understand Your Privacy Rights As a representative of an owner or the owner themselves, a landlord has the right to inspect the premises and maintain them in good order. This sometimes goes against a tenant’s ideas of privacy. To protect your right to privacy, be sure to be clear with the landlord about what is permissible and what isn’t. Typically, managers will give you advance notice when they have to enter your premises. Talk at length with landlords and managers before signing the dotted line if privacy is a concern of yours. Ask for Repairs Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for repairs. You have the right to live in a well-kept home. And the landlord has the responsibility of maintaining that well-kept home. That means making any needed repairs in a timely and sufficient manner. If something needs to be fixed, don’t be afraid to talk to your landlord or property manager to have it repaired in a timely manner. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about your property and your rights and/or obligations.