Transferring to a New Rental Unit? 5 Questions to Ask Your Landlord Before Moving Day
Moving to Palm Bay and finally found a great rental unit? At Florida Moving Systems, we know it isn’t easy locating that perfect new place. But before you sign on the dotted line that requires you to stay for the duration of the lease, there a few questions you should ask your potential landlord to avoid unpleasant – or unwanted – situations.
Has there ever been minor or major issues with this unit?
This question should be commonplace and it’s a fair one at that. Essentially, you want to know of any pre-existing problems, big or small, that could impede enjoying your new apartment. Also, feel free to ask why the previous renter left, while could bring up other issues about the place, such as noise complaints or smoke concerns. If the building houses other units, you can also approach other renters to ask them about their experiences in the property.
What exactly does my rent cover?
While some places may include any combination of electricity, cable, heating, and hot water, other apartments don’t include anything. In any instance, though particularly in the latter case, it’s important to get a clear list in writing of what’s included in the rent and what you’ll need to pay separately on your own.
Who do I contact if there’s an emergency?
If the pipes burst, the roof leaks or something breaks, you’ll need to know who to call for immediate assistance. Before moving to Palm Bay and signing the lease, get clear instructions on who to call, be it the owner directly or the property manager. Should a problematic situation arise, you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill!
Are there specific tenant obligations for the unit?
From mowing the lawn to when to put out the garbage to rental due dates, you’ll also want to know what obligations are placed on you as a tenant. Each landlord will typically have different requirements, so make sure to get these in writing, on the lease, as well. If you’re uncomfortable with any of the requirements, then you can ask the owner if they’re willing to change them, or simply find another dwelling.
Are there any restrictions?
This is another essential question, as some units have restrictions like adults-only, no-smoking or no pets. If you’re thinking about adding to your family with a child or pet, these restrictions can certainly pose a problem. Make sure your landlord puts all restrictions in writing on your lease to avoid future misunderstandings.
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