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What to ask your landlord before moving in?

On Behalf of | May 1, 2023 | Landlord/Tenant Matters |

Moving into a new rental property can be an exciting experience, but it’s important to do your due diligence before signing a lease. 

One of the most crucial steps is asking the landlord questions to help you understand what you’re getting into.

What is the rental application process?

Before you sign a lease, you’ll need to go through the rental application process. This process typically includes filling out an application, providing references and a credit report and sometimes attending a showing or interview with the landlord. Be sure to ask your landlord about the specific application process and what information they need from you.

What is the length of the lease?

Most rental agreements are for a specific time, usually a year. However, some landlords may offer shorter or longer leases depending on their needs. Be sure to ask about the length of the lease and whether it can be renewed or extended when the initial term is up.

What is included in the rent?

Some landlords include utilities, such as water, gas, and electricity, in the monthly rent. Others may require tenants to pay for these separately. Ask your landlord what is included in the rent and whether you should be aware of any additional fees or expenses.

What is your policy on pets?

If you have pets, asking about the landlord’s pet policy before you move in is important. Some landlords may not allow pets at all, while others may restrict the size or breed of the animal. Be sure to ask about any pet-related fees or deposits as well.

Asking your landlord the right questions before moving in can help avoid surprises and ensure a positive rental experience. With this information, you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision and avoid potential legal issues