According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, there were more than 43 million renter-occupied units across the United States as of 2019. Most of these renters will face the same questions when seeking a rental unit. While some rental units provide a detailed list of specifics for potential tenants, others may not be as lucky. We’ve compiled a list of important questions any renter should ask a landlord before signing a lease agreement on a rental unit.
What goes into the application and screening process?
Asking a potential landlord what steps are involved in the application review process is a great way to set your own expectations prior to signing a lease. This is a great opportunity to ask or clarify any questions that may or may not be part of the application process, including any fees that may be associated with submitting an application.
How do I pay my rent? What kind of fees may be involved?
Nowadays, it seems like there are endless ways to pay monthly rent. From online renters’ portals to brick-and-mortar offices, paying rent can be especially daunting if you’re new to renting. Check with the landlord to find out their preferred method of payment and make yourself knowledgeable about such details as when late-fees may be imposed. Keep in mind that paying rent virtually may result in a convenience fee for using certain e-payment services.
What is the procedure for submitting a maintenance request? Who is responsible for these repairs?
A landlord that can’t provide an answer to this question may have trouble keeping record of maintenance requests and overall upkeep of their property. Renting from a landlord that will respond and repair maintenance issues in a timely manner can be crucial to ensuring your unit/property is safe from damage or loss.
How much notice is given before entering the property?
Although many states have laws specifying the minimum notice before a landlord can enter the property (typically 24-hours), check with the landlord to verify this information. Prepare yourself by researching your state’s property laws before speaking with the landlord.
What is the parking situation?
Areas with high population density have requirements in which landlords should be familiar with. If you or your roommate(s) can all fit in specified parking or in areas that do not obstruct city requirements, you will be set for rental success. If there is no parking available, check with local transportation services on routes before making any rental decisions.
Renting can be a daunting task. Following these suggestions can help you obtain important information regarding a rental unit/property prior to you signing a lease agreement. Renters insurance with BluCanopy can help to protect your personal belongings from damage and/or loss after signing an agreement with your landlord.