5 Questions for the Landlord Before You Rent

When your trying to rent a place to live, there are certain requirements that you want, in order to be comfortable in your new surroundings. This article has listed out a few things that should never be overlooked.

When you find that perfect house or apartment and you know this is where you would like to live, there are a few things that you should ask of the potential landlord about the unit in question.

Emotions can sometimes take over in this type of situation and the excitement can cause you to overlook very important factors that you should be concerned with.

The first area that prospective tenants usually forget about, is any costs associated with water bills. Some areas will allow a landlord to charge for the water you use and some will require that it be the owner of the building who answers this responsibility. Make sure you know upfront who will pay this bill.

Trash collection is a major concern. Who pays for this should also be known upfront. Getting rid of your unneeded waste can be a substantial cost.

Increasing rent to cover a rise in real estate taxes is often hidden somewhere within the lease, as well as a lot of other small print conditions that can cost you money. Make sure you read and understand any agreement you sign.

Converse with the owners of the property about anything that you have a concern about and make sure a walk through results in a list of any existing damage, as this could later restrict your legal ability to recover any security deposit you may have put down.

If you are going to do any of the work yourself. Be sure to discuss compensation, or reduced rent to offset your labor cost. Sometimes this can be in place of a security deposit and you need to make sure that if this is the case, you get it in writing and know if your still entitled to get this money back when you move out.

Finally, ask if there are any special rules or expectations, that may be required of you to live by. Waiting until you move in and finding out that you and the landlord don’t quite see eye to eye, will only result in another move at best. The worst case scenario could find you in a long legal battle over a disputed agreement.

The last advice I can give, is to make sure you have a legal, iron clad lease. Documentation is always your best friend if the situation goes bad and you need to seek legal help. The proper paperwork will help you to present your case.

Using these tips when you are trying to rent, will help to keep you out of trouble. Hopefully you’ll find a comfortable residence, where you can live happily, for years to come.