Things to Know Before Signing a Lease

by Mary Anne Ragragio


Posted on 2019-09-16 07:17:01


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Moving to a new location or apartment is exciting. But there are few things we have to consider first before signing a lease or moving to a new apartment to avoid any regrets or problems in the future. Here are some important things a tenant needs to know before signing the lease:

 

  • Check the apartment for any possible damage before moved in. You may check on walls, floors, doors, cracked windows, appliances or any part of the house. If there’s any damage, please take a picture and put it in writing. And advise your landlord or property manager about it otherwise you might be charged or lose your security deposit when you move out.

 

  •  Inquire about the parking situation. If you have a car, the first thing that you probably would consider is the parking space. It is one of the important amenities that most tenants often think about. Parking issues are not a problem to most single-family home rental properties but when it comes to duplexes and multi-units, parking conflicts sometimes happen. If there’s no parking available at the apartment building you are interested to rent, you may want to find the answers to these questions first:
    • Ask if there are parking garages nearby that would offer monthly parking at an affordable rate.
    • Inquire if there are establishments in the neighborhood that offer to park to the public.
    • You may also want to know if there’s parking restriction to surrounding streets.
    • Inquire if there’s any private homeowner who offers rent/sell parking slots.

 

  • What is included in your rent? You may think about what is included in your rent. It is very important to know how far your dollar will stretch. Some monthly rents include water, heating, cable or internet connection.  Some offer cable and WIFI only.  

 

  • What to search for. Take a sheet of paper and write down your requirement list. You may want to visit the place during day and night time before you rent the apartment to see if it has the ambiance you are expecting the neighborhood to have. Outside noise may be disturbing that’s why it is important to consider checking this especially for students that might disturb their learning. You may also want to know if it’s near the place where you often visit like churches, offices, schools, supermarkets, restaurants or bars.

 

  • Inquire about the apartment rules and regulations. Most apartment buildings have their own rules and regulations. And so it is important to know those rules to help secure everyone’s comfort and safety. It will also help strengthen the good relationship between the landlord and tenants. And so here are some examples of rules and regulations that most landlords commonly request their tenants to follow:
    • Keep the premises in good condition
    • Cleanliness guidelines
    • Pets and related policies
    • Sanitation and garbage
    • Conduct in premises and common areas
    • Parking and vehicle
    • Landlord or property manager should be notified first before any property’s maintenance and alterations.

 

You may keep in mind these few important things before you sign a lease to help you experience a hassle-free renting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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