Things to remember
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Before signing a lease, there are many things to consider. It can be overwhelming and important questions can easily be overlooked. Here are some questions you may want to ask your landlord before deciding on an apartment or house.
What payments method do you accept for rent? Where and when is it paid?
What is the late fee policy?
What is the subleasing policy?
Do they allow early-lease terminations?
What is procedure for submitting a maintenance request, who makes repairs and how long does it typically take? Is there a 24-hour maintenance policy?
How is the crime in the neighborhood? Any history of break-ins?
Are there any issues with bugs/rodents? What are extermination policies?
What utilities are included with the property?
What is a “normal” estimate for what utility bills tend to be at this property?
Do you change the locks between each tenant?
Is it pet friendly?
What is the parking situation?
Before moving your belongings, it’s vital that you check that your new home is safe to live in by inspecting the rented property. Take a look around your new place and make notes of anything that may be damaged (both with photos and in writing) or in need of repair. Some things to keep in mind:
-Make sure carpets are cleaned and without stains or tears. Make sure tiles are not missing or scuffed.
-Make sure no window panes are broken and you can actually open them.
-Make sure all electrical outlets and smoke outlets are working. Flick all light switches to ensure they work.
-Make sure all heat and air conditioning units work efficiently. Check to see if the filters have been changed.
-Check every lock.
-Check for any scratches or chipped paint on walls, floors or ceilings.
-Make sure there are no leaks of any kind. Check water pressure.
-Look for any insects/rodents.
Provide your landlord with a detailed description and make sure to keep one for yourself. This will help you ensure your new home is suitable to live in!