Posted Aug 8, 2013

10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Landlord

Anyone who has experienced searching for a new home in a competitive market, such as San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles, knows the importance of being prompt and organized when attending viewings or open houses. You come prepared with all the necessary materials in hand, ready to recite your renter credentials and submit an application on the spot if you really love the place. Some less-seasoned renters, however, may not be familiar with the rental search process, application materials or proper etiquette for attending viewings (if you know one of these less-seasoned renters, do them a favor and point them to the resources on the Lovely blog), and in a sudden fit of excitement upon laying sight on a great place, may accidentally let a minor detail of their personal life slip that can decrease chances of landing the apartment.


Don’t worry, we’re not judging anyone’s personal style, but we have put together a list of things to avoid sharing with your landlord at all costs if you hope to beat out other applicants and land the home of your dreams.

You can learn more about ways to develop and maintain a positive relationship with your landlord here.

Happy hunting!

Are these walls soundproof?

That fridge wouldn’t even fit a 30 pack.

Do you accept bitcoins as rent payment?

This space will be perfect for hosting Gideon’s Stove Top Folk, international house show venture

Are farm animals included in the pet policy? 

The kitchen is kind of small, but this wall should come down easy.

That rent due date is flexible, right? 

I think splatter paint would really increase property values. 

Just a couple black out curtains and I can totally use the living room for my ritual seances!

Do you drug test applicants?


Elizabeth is the Communications & Marketing Lead at Lovely where she helps spread the word about Lovely's mission far and wide. She loves corgis, Beyonce and helping renters enjoy the best possible experience in their homes.

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One response to “10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Landlord”

  1. Thiago says:

    That’s hilarious. Great way to bring some humor to the stress inducing hunt that is apartment rental.

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