Questions To Ask The Landlord Before Renting His Apartment
By Sameer S Panjwani
hunting is not the easiest thing around. You may find places not
suited to your tastes or those which do are not to your budget.
Eventually, you may have to settle for something a little less
than perfect or if you’re lucky, you may just find a home
you love. However, before you finalise on the apartment, there
are a few questions you need to ask the landlord so that there
is no reason for disagreement later on during the lease period.
In fact, some of the points mentioned below may also be included
in the agreement for your safety so that the landlord doesn’t
go back on his word.
will the unit be available for occupation? If it’s ready
to occupy and it’s impractical for you to move in immediately,
you may have to negotiate with the landlord so that you don’t
pay for unoccupied time.
How much is the rent payable and when is it due every month?
How much is the security deposit and is it fully refundable?
there a penalty fee for late payment of the rent?
are the terms for renewing the lease?
pets allowed and if not, would it be possible to have pets if
you paid a pet deposit? If a pet-deposit policy is in place,
is it refundable if there's no damage caused to be found when
you move out?
are the conditions if you have to move out before the lease
expires? Even if you may think you won’t have to move
out for a long time, it’s better to keep your options
safe and negotiate secure terms should you need to move out
earlier than the expiry of the lease period.
Are any utilities included in your agreement? What are typical
bill amounts in different seasons?
you allowed to share your unit with roommates and what is the
policy on subletting the place?
you paint the walls or make other decorating changes?
you allowed to run a home business from your apartment?
will be responsible for property maintenance?
are your neighbours?
How close is the nearest post office, grocery store, bank, restaurant
and public transportation?
these questions only avoids any cause for disagreement in the
future between you and your landlord.