Let’s face it, one of the things you don’t necessarily enjoy associated with being a landlord is finding a new tenant to fill a vacant property. The initial pain comes from knowing the current tenants decided, for whatever reason, not to renew theirbe nice to your tenants lease. And that’s simply a fact of life and it’s very possible they finally decided to join the ranks of homeowners and putting renting a house in their past. You did the very same.

 When tenants leave, it’s time to take a full assessment on the current condition of your property and hire a licensed property inspector to complete a thorough evaluation of where your home stands today. If anything needs attention, the inspection report will point that out to you.

It’s also time to repaint the interior, shampoo the carpets or clean the floors and get the unit ready for the next tenants. That said, you probably lost a full month’s worth of rent if you don’t have anyone lined up to replace your existing tenants. Plus, you have market your unit, show it and perform yet another review of a rental application. The best way to avoid this occasional pain is to keep the current tenants in the property if possible. And it’s the little things that can help that effort.

The most important thing you can do to keep loyal tenants is to treat them like royalty. Respond to their requests promptly and fix what’s needed as soon as you can. Sometimes it’s a major inconvenience such as a water pipe with a major leak and the water line needs to be shut down for a day or two during repair. Any major maintenance work that puts the tenants out a bit should be an opportunity to compensate them for the inconvenience. Maybe pay for their hotel room for the night or a gift certificate for a nice dinner.

Being nice gets nice and that can also lead to happy tenants staying just a bit longer than they had initially expected. With good tenants, don’t give them any reasons to move out—give them plenty of reasons to stay.