When it comes to rent out an apartment, it’s either super convenient or super superbly-cumbersome, and both these consequences depend on whether you have a good landlord or a snobby one. So here are some tips from one landlord on renting out apartment without a fail. Check out these valuable tips to rent your apartment wisely evading the bad landlords and protecting yourself from being stuck into the traumatic situations.
Want to pay less? Ask for it first
In many situations rent is non-negotiable but there are many landlords to can compromise on price. Though it’s quite complex to cut on the official rental price, but you can expect to negotiate in other means. For an instance- if you have a pet, the additional cost can be waived or if you need extra space for parking, you can save a little money.
Get an idea from existing tenants
If you want to get the exact idea of how it will be to live in any particular apartment building, then talk to the existing tenants who are already living over there. You can gather a lot of authentic and genuine details by knowing their personal experience to get the real picture. Here is a list of specific questions which you can ask for them.
- Is it indeed a good place to live, do you like staying here?
- How is landlord? Has he properly taken care of maintenance requests?
- How about other neighbors, are they helpful?
- Is there any unusual thing about this place?
If you are not comfortable going door to door and meeting people randomly or you are kind of an introvert individual then you can also leave a note under the door or in a mailbox to get your queries sorted. Make sure to leave your name, phone number and address and wait for their response.
Keep a written proof of everything
In order to get the clear picture of all the terms and conditions, clarify everything in writing which becomes an important part of your lease. If something in the lease seems wrong, ask the landlord to revise it right away. If in future, there is any probability of breaking the lease, then write it down in the lease while signing. Also, keep your correspondence in writing as much as possible as renting an apartment is basically a contractual, business relationship so you have to treat it that way.
Make a documented move-in file with photos
Often, when you move in, your landlord make a photo based file and then follow the future procedure at the time when you moved out. This helps to differentiate the property condition after and before you move out. So, you should also do the same thing. Take a photo tour of overall property to ensure the damage and other issues in property.
Know your rights
Unless you know your right, you cannot fulfill the basic legal formalities of renting out an apartment so, be aware of all the rights that you hold. You can read them online or can also get online e-handbook for the same. Search for the right “tenant rights handbook” for your country, state, city. Go through it properly and see what all the rights do you hold? This will help in not making any mistake during the process. You can also do a search on your legal support options.
And above that all, the last and utmost thing you should follow is, “be honest”. Whether you are a landlord or tenant, your honest approach will never let you down and you can avoid various issues in the future.