Many tenants of rented houses and student rooms get to make a landlord. A landlord owns one or more dwellings, which he subsequently leases. As a rule, a landlord has several buildings and some even have dozens of buildings. In any case, the landlord is the owner of the property that is rented out and the person to whom the rent is paid. When a landlord treats his tenants poorly and asks for extremely high prices, they speak of a house fancier .

Dealing with the landlord
The landlord is the person who rents the living space and as a tenant you depend on him for many things (or her). So it certainly does not hurt to try to maintain a good relationship with your landlord. It is also important that you do not have any ambiguities when drawing up the lease . Ensure that all agreements are clear and clear on paper. The same applies to the rent: let there be no misunderstandings about the rent, which costs are included and which are not. Check with your landlord how things are regulated with things like gas water and light(GWL) and maintenance of the house. If you communicate with your landlord about such matters, make sure that you do this as much as possible in writing (by e-mail or letter). This way you always have proof of what has been discussed. In the unlikely event that unpleasant situations arise, you can always call in the Hire Committee . Even if, for example, you doubt the reasonableness of the rent. In the worst cases it is possible to file a complaint with the municipality or to go to court.

For the account of the landlord
A landlord has rights and obligations, just like a tenant. Good to know is that most maintenance work is on behalf of the landlord. For example, the landlord is the one who takes care of electricity, fixes leaks, provides annual maintenance of the central heating system, takes care of loose tiling and takes care of exterior paintwork. In return, a landlord is of course entitled to a monthly contribution in the form of rent. Therefore, make sure that this rental is paid in time (also with a view to good relations with your landlord).

Frequently asked questions about the landlord:
We have listed a few frequently asked questions about landlords and the corresponding answers for you.

Is the landlord responsible for the maintenance of a rental property?
Partly: the larger maintenance work (for example, the exterior painting or maintenance of the central heating boiler) is the responsibility of the landlord. Small and simple maintenance activities such as replacing lamps and screwing door handles are, however, borne by the tenant.

Am I obliged to always pay rent to my landlord?
Yes, after signing a rental contract you are obliged to pay the agreed rent (usually monthly). In case of problems with the landlord, it is advisable to continue paying the rent until a decision has been made about the matter. Stopping payment of the rent without legal basis is not recommended.

What steps can I take against my landlord?
In case of problems with the landlord you can call in the Rental Committee. In addition, you can file a complaint with the municipality or, in the extreme case, call in the court.