Essential Tips for Renters


 1. Review and read the entire rental agreement


Don’t sign anything before knowing all of the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. Feel free to ask questions or even ask if any of the terms can be slightly modified (if deemed absolutely necessary). You never want to go into a legal contract in the blind. And always keep this document in a safe place—you might need to refer back to it at some point.



2. Try to maintain good relationship your landlord

It’s amazing what a good landlord-tenant relationship can do. The best thing on your part is to always pay your rent on time; that way, if you ever need something from your landlord, they are more likely to respond to you quickly.


3. Document your correspondents with your landlord

In case any conflicts or misunderstandings occur in the future, this one thing could really put things in your favor.hand-101003_640


4. Know your privacy rights.

Per your rental agreement, do you know how much notice your landlord must give you prior to entering your home? It’s unacceptable to just show up; they should always give prior notice before entering.

According to some privacy state laws, a landlord must give 48 hours written notice to enter a unit, or 24-hour notice if they are showing the unit to a prospective tenant or buyer. This excludes emergency situations. Check your specific state law to know your individual privacy rights.


5. Demand any necessary maintenance and repairs

plumber-228010_640First off, your landlord should want to keep his/her property in decent shape. After all, it’s in their best interest for them to keep you and others tenants. Second of all, you deserve to live in a completely habitable home.

Things like a decent roof, sound structure, electricity and heat aren’t luxuries— if you are paying for them! Receiving anything else is unacceptable. If you need incentive for your landlord to fix something, you can always try withholding a portion of your rent until it’s fixed. You can even notify a building inspector, who may force the repairs to happen.

If you pay for anything, you can also deduct this from your rent if the situation is warranted (make sure you have repeatedly asked your landlord for repairs before taking these matters on your own. Avoid a legal battle, unless it clear that it’s your only option.



6. Get renters insurance

It’ll help protect you in the event of an emergency—like a burglary, fire or flood. It’s usually a pretty inexpensive monthly fee and provides a real peace of mind, were something to ever happen.


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