Tip of the Month - June 2006
MOVING INTO A RENTAL
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Source: Prairielaw.com-By Sherrie Bennett
You can save yourself some
Landlord-Tenant headaches by doing some research beforehand &
protecting your legal rights while moving in.
First, where do you want to live? When looking @ a place to rent,
consider location, convenience to work or school, the cost of utilities
& who pays them, plumbing, what appliances are included, whether
basement room are dry, whether there are enough outlets for your
computer & electronic equipment, how much storage the kitchen has,
security features such as deadbolts & locks, whether there are
smoke detectors in each bedroom, whether pets are allowed & whether
there are repairs to be made before you move in.
TIP (Crossett Real Estate)
Is the property or unit “rent ready”? Are all lightbulbs in
place & working? All switches & outlets? Have all meters
been read in the event that you are paying for utilities? Are meters
shared? Is there a “house meter” for hall/basement/security
lighting? Do all doors & cabinets open & close smoothly? Any
missing knobs, etc.? Are appliances clean/working? Ask your Landlord OR
Agent for a Move-In/Move-Out sheet. Who is responsible for the
lawncare/snow removal/wastemanagement services? Read your Lease
or Rental Agreement and discuss any concerns prior to moving in: As a
final concern, inquire if the locks are new or does anyone else have
keys to your new home?
page was updated on 05/27/2006.