Top 5 Things to Ask Before Signing a Rental Lease
April 15th, 2014 4:20 pm by admin
You have been on the hunt for the right rental property and you’ve finally found the perfect spot in town. The location has all the amenities you’ve always dreamed of. It’s close to your work, has an incredible view and the price is right. Now what? Before booking your moving in services and signing the lease agreement make sure you take the opportunity to go over these critical questions with your potential landlord.
1. What is included?
Before signing any rental lease ensure you take the time to go over all the fine details. Don’t ever assume that something is included in the rental. Always ask about utilities, parking, cable television and laundry. By knowing all the included rental details you can move forward and budget for what is not included.
2. Are there any pet policies?
Whether you own a pet or have visitors who sometimes drop by with theirs, its always important to know the rental property pet policy. It is better to know from day one then be hit with a pet cleaning fee during your move out.
3. Does the rental lease automatically renew?
Some rental properties automatically renew while others become month to month after the first year of renting is complete. From the start, find out exactly when the current lease you are about to sign expires. The last thing you want to be doing is vacating the rental property without any notice because the first year is complete.
4. Can I make any improvements to the rental property?
Always ask the landlord if you can make any changes to the rental after moving in. How does the landlord feel about painting the walls a different color? Are you able to hang up pictures? Sometimes what you may feel as being rental improvements, your property manager may view it as damage to the property.
5. What is the termination policy?
Life can be unexpected and new opportunities could arise during your rental agreement such as unexpected family health issues, unplanned events or a new job offer in another city. Ask from the beginning about the rental lease termination policy. It is in your best interest.