Looking forward to moving in to your new rented property? There are different aspects that you should consider before settling so you’ll be a good real estate tenant. Here are some tips to make living in your new home a breeze.
Have a good understanding of your lease before signing
Reading your lease from cover to cover will help you see potential problems that you may encounter. Most landlords will work on the terms of lease with you. Let your landlord know special circumstances such as family and friends regularly visiting you. Make sure to put every agreement in writing in the lease and ask for a copy for yourself. Keeping a copy with you will help you steer clear of future issues.
Stay true to your word
You and your landlord will come up with an arrangement for your rent payment. Always pay your rent on time. A tenant that pays on time every month makes the landlord happy. If you are facing financial hardships and might have to pay a little later than agreed on, let your landlord know immediately.
Treat your rented property like your own investment
Maintaining your rental can put you in good favour with your landlord. Normal wear and tear will happen in any unit but do not cause any more damage to the property. Remember that this is the landlord’s property investment. Damages will be charged on your security deposits and potentially annoy your landlord.
Moving in checklist
Create a detailed move in checklist listing down all the discrepancy you can find in the property you’ve moved in. This is to ensure that you and the landlord are both aware of the unit’s condition to stay away from potential repair problems that you will be expected to pay.
Know your neighbours
Getting to know your neighbours has a lot of benefits such as watching out for each other. In times like going on a trip and leaving the property empty for a long time, your neighbours can keep an eye on your unit. Establishing a good communication with them can reduce the chance of them escalating a problem to the landlord.
In situations that your landlord does not address some problems you may file a Tenant’s Assertion. This is a unique legal action that you may take against your landlord. This action will get your landlord’s attention fast and generate an opportunity to address the situation.
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