Is it your first time to rent? If yes, here are some very important questions that you should ask before signing the lease. These questions can give you handful of information that can make your renter life easier and more comfortable.
What are the utilities included and who pays for them?
Ask the landlord who pays for the water, gas, electric and even the trash pickup. If they say that they will shoulder some of the utilities, make sure that it’s clearly written or mentioned at the lease. Put everything into writing.
Internet or WiFi usage fee?
Some apartments offer free WiFi. Ask your landlord if they have such service and if they charge for it. If yes, ask how much and see if you can opt out of it if you deem it too expensive.
Who shoulders maintenance and repairs and to what extent?
Most rental homes or apartments cover basic repairs and maintenance like heat and air, plumbing and basic appliance. Ask your landlord about it and make sure that everything that they’ll say is mentioned at the lease. Again, put everything into writing.
What does it take to break the lease?
Before signing the lease, ask your landlord what does it take to break the lease and what are the corresponding fees? Some landlords will just get your security deposit while some will require you to pay 3 months worth of rent.
How can you get your security deposit back?
Some landlords will do everything they can to keep your security deposit. So before you give out your money, ask the landlord if you can get it back when the time comes for you to move out. Better yet, ask some of the past tenants (or check out their reviews online) about the landlord’s stand when it comes to refunding the security deposit.
Special pet policies?
Most landlords will say that they allow pets at their property. But before you sign the lease, ask about its specifics. Is there a size limit? How about the breed, do they have special rules about it? Is there an additional fee per pet that you’ll bring in?