Questions To Ask Your Landlord Before Signing Lease

by Administrator 20. January 2017 11:13

If you have found a perfect rental home, it is essential to sign the lease that states the important terms and conditions related to the rental process.  Make sure you read the agreement carefully before finalizing the deal. Preparing a list of questions will be beneficial in solving all your queries.

Let’s take a look at some questions which you should ask before signing the lease

How do I pay the rent?

Make sure you ask the landlord about the rent payment options. Most of the landlords have switched to online methods. You should confirm it before moving in the rental home. Choose the option which suits you the best.

What does the rent include?

You should know if the amenities such as electricity, water, gas etc. are included in the rent. Some homeowners even provide internet and cable facilities. In case, the rent is not inclusive of these facilities, ask your landlord about the extra charges required.

Are pets allowed?

If you are planning to bring your pet along, ask the landlord about any terms or conditions that may be applicable. Some landlords follow a restrictive or no pet policy for their rental home. That is why, it is important to get it cleared before signing the lease. In case the landlord has a pet-friendly home, make sure you read the guidelines regarding the type, size and number of pets allowed. Also ask about the pet deposit charged by the landlord.

What is the lease duration?

Asking about the duration of the lease is essential. You should know whether it is a short or long term rental agreement. In some cases the landlord might be interested in signing a two year lease. So, it is better to confirm beforehand. You can also inquire about the lease renewal policy as some landlords wish to sell their property once the term has been completed. This will help to avoid disputes later.

Are all the appliances working properly?

When you are renting a furnished home, it is important to check the working conditions of all the appliances such as washer, dryer, microwave etc. Ask the landlord if the electrical fittings are energy-efficient. Also ascertain that the plumbing fixtures are not leaking.

What’s the late fees policy?

Most of the homeowners allow residents to pay the rent until the third or fifth of the month. Ask your landlord about the due date and any late fees policy. This can help you to avoid penalties and the risk of eviction.

What is the guest policy?

As a tenant, you must clarify with your landlord about the guest policy. You must know how many people can live in your rental home and for what duration. Ascertain that the clause is mentioned in the rental agreement.

Is renters insurance required?

Having a renters insurance can help to protect your valuable assets and personal belongings. You should ask your landlord if it is necessary to get insurance before signing the deal.  Also inquire if his homeowners insurance policy covers the rental property as well.

What are the safety measures in the home?

Having safety measures in your rental property is very important. You should know if the house has CCTV cameras or double door locks. You can even ask the landlord if anti-theft devices and alarms have been installed.

Can I makes any changes to the apartment?

You must discuss about the changes which you can make to the apartment. Ask if you can repaint the walls or make any other renovations in rental home. Also clear your doubts regarding maintenance and home repairs.

Is there any parking space in the rental home?

You should know if the rental home has a garage or parking space available.  It will help to keep your vehicles safe.

We, at John Reider Properties, provide a wide range of rental homes in Killeen, TX. The agents will answer all your queries and provide complete guidance in renting a property. For more information, you can call at (254) 699 - 8300 or visit 455 E. Central Texas Expwy, Suite 101, Harker Heights, TX 76548. 

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