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Costs Hidden Costs: What If You Damage The Place? Part (3)

costYou could try fixing it yourself or shopping around for a really good quote—something your landlord mightn’t bother to do since he is paying for the repairs out of your bond money. Remember that earlier I talked about the fact that the consequence of losing your bond money isn’t only being out of pocket, but the risk of getting a bad reputation and reference from your landlord or agent when you leave.

DAD’S TIP

It’s in your interests to build good relations with your land- lord . . . most are nice people who appreciate good tenants. A good way to start is to offer to do some of the minor repairs yourself.

Ring the agent or landlord to record the problem but then ask if they want you to fix it. Good deeds like this are usually appreciated, which can come in handy around rent review time or when you want a favour done.

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