As a tenant, here are the top questions you should be asking your landlord!
We get LOTS of questions! All the time! We desperately want to help everybody, but we have to eat and sleep too! Then someone here came up with a BRILLIANT idea! It happens sometimes! Anyway… he said, “why don’t we list the top questions tenants have and SHOULD be asking their landlords – and provide comprehensive answers”? Every great idea deserves daylight, so we decided that there is no time like today! So while this may not be complete yet, we plan on getting all of the best tenant questions from you, and providing you with the best answers! Check it out below!
What is the rent amount – (what is included in the rent – Utilities, Water, Trash, Parking)?
How exciting is it when you have finally graduated and the day is here where you can find a place of your own to live in? Imagine the fun you will have searching for that perfect new home to rent. How many bedrooms do you think you will need? Will you want to find a roommate? It must have a pool and work out facility. With all these new ‘needs’ that you will have in your life, it is important that you find a place that you will be happy in. Once you have done your research, it is time to talk to a potential Landlord. This is the point where it is important that you ask the right questions. READ MORE
Can I decorate my apartment?
What Grocery Stores, Theaters, etc. are near my apartment?
Is there an on-site property manager and how accessible is he/she?
What can I do about my noisy neighbor?
Are there any improvements or construction planned for the building in the near future?
So you found the perfect new apartment to lease – you have the date that you are to be out of your current apartment AND you have scheduled the movers but…. What if your rental is not ready or there are potential time delays for the entire property? Any potential improvement by a Landlord that will affect a future lease needs to be fully detailed prior to the Tenant signing the new lease. When a Tenant prepares for and moves in to a new Apartment or home, they need to know that the space is fully functional and their lives will not be disrupted by future changes. If the Landlord knows in advance that modifications and improvements are scheduled on the Building or the parking area or even the Work-Out Center or Pool, and those improvements will affect the parking spaces or use of the advertised facilities, complete plans and specifications for those improvements should be fully detailed and attached to the Lease showing the Layout of the plans prior to signing and a time-frame of when the work is to be complete. READ MORE
Is pest control handled by the renter or the landlord?
Are there any Security deposits or non-refundable fees, and what are they for?
What is the application and screening process?
We all know that social media gives us an easy access to view the multitude of new homes and apartments without even leaving our office chair. Once you have narrowed down your search for that perfect new home, you will be required to advance that search by getting up from your comfy chair and talking to your potential new landlords. You will want to protect yourself by viewing the available units, searching the grounds and analyzing the surrounding areas. Most importantly, you should be asking the right questions of the new management company to allow yourself all information to make the best decision. You, of course, are most interested in knowing all the facts about the new unit and property, but what actions will your potential landlord need to take to make sure that you are the ‘perfect’ tenant? That would be the application and screening process. READ MORE
What’s your late fee policy?
What is your pet policy, and do you require a pet fee or deposit?
What happens at the end of the lease?
How awesome that you have found your perfect rental home or apartment! You have been able to enjoy your new place for almost a year but now, the lease ending date is near. Are you planning on staying in your current home with the perfect amenities and perfect location? If so, you have some important steps to take before you lose that chance. The first major step is to take out that legal contract and read, read, read your lease carefully to determine what happens at the end of the lease. READ MORE