You’re given receipts for a reason—keep them. That’s the motto when it comes to paying your landlord or property manager each month. If you’re leasing a space, whether it be warehouse, office, living space, or flex space, be sure you keep all pay stubs and receipts, money orders and checks. Just in case there is a problem with the payment process, say a check is lost in the mail or your landlord misplaces a money order, it’s handy to have documentation of your payments. In the case of a legal dispute, these can also be vital for securing your rights as a tenant.
But payment records aren’t the only ones you should be keeping, and receipts go far beyond the realm of money. If you’re looking to be an extra diligent lessee, keep a record of the official conversations you hold with your property manager or landlord. Whether these be about problems or concerns that arise as you’re using the space or updates to rules and regulations, it’s important to keep track of the changes that occur while you’re a tenant.
By recording all of the times you’ve requested a plumbing fix or reported the presence of pests in an apartment, you can better leverage your concerns with your property manager. Keeping records of any building-wide notices, complaints, or changes in policy can also keep you engaged and abreast of any problems and concerns affecting fellow tenants. If your landlord knows that this is the fifth time a complaint has been made, more dire action can be taken to fix an issue. This attention to the status of your rental makes you both a better neighbor and a better lessee.