6 IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU RENT THAT HOUSE
Before you rent that house, it is necessary to carry out due diligence to avoid stories that touch after payment. Here are 6 important facts you need to know about that house before you pay.
- RESEARCH THE AREA AND NEIGHBORHOOD
Before you rent that house, is the building near a hospital, where you hear sirens every time? Is it near a night club where you hear loud music every night? It is up to you to do your research and inspect the environment before paying for the house.
- KNOW THE REASON WHY THE FORMER TENANT PACKED OUT
It is essential to have a knowledge of the reason why the former tenant moved out of the apartment. Did they move to their own house? Was it because some of the installations and fittings are not are not working fine, the roof having issues during the rainy season and whole lots of reasons that will help you in decision making. Be sure you do your findings and you are comfortable with it before paying the rent.
- KNOW THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE BILLS
You need to find out if there are outstanding bills to be paid in the apartment so you don’t enter and start paying for what you didn’t use. Check the Electricity bill, Water bill, waste bill, and all other bills have been running. Sometimes the bills are much that you cannot even fish paying till your rent expires. You can get officials from each of this unit to help you check to be very sure before you pay for the house.
- CONDUCT A THOROUGH INVENTORY
There is need to thoroughly take inventory of the house in case the Landlord doesn’t have any. When going through the property’s inventory, make sure you point out any defects and take a note of the state of the items (by taking photos of broken banisters, for example) Let the Landlord sign it. Hold a copy and give him (Landlord) a copy too.
- KNOW THE REAL OWNER OR PERSON IN CHARGE OF THE HOUSE
Many times I’ve heard of people paying to the wrong person and thereby became stranded. Make the due diligence in knowing the right person to pay to in order not to be defrauded at the end of the day. Carry your Lawyer along in this process.
- CHECK THE WATER AND THE PIPES TOO!
Without water in the house, life becomes difficult! Put it at the back of your mind to check the water, check the pressure too. Check if the pipes have also developed fault or leakage anywhere. If there’s any issue with that, such can be discussed with the Landlord before you pay.
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Best of luck to you as you find that new house to rent!