a list of questions you'd like the landlord to answer. Asking questions before signing the lease gives you an opportunity to discuss your needs and expectations with your potential landlord.
Rental Payments and Due Dates
Before renting a home, determine whether the monthly rental payment fits your budget. Ask if there's a security deposit and how much it is. Discuss with the landlord when your rent will be due each month, where you should go to make payment and what types of payment methods are accepted by the rental office or landlord.
Renting a home also means taking into account utilities such as water, gas and electric. Find out from your landlord whether you will pay a separate utility bill, whether utilities will be added into your monthly rent payment or if the landlord will cover all or a portion of your rental unit's utility expenses. Call your local utility companies, give them your address and get an estimate on your monthly utility expenses.
Talk to your landlord about the maintenance services he provides before you rent a house. Maintenance concerns such as plumbing, broken appliances and pest control can cause renters stress, so it's important to find out who you need to get in contact with in case an issue arises. Also find out how long it typically takes for maintenance requests to get handled.
Find out whether you have to pay for a parking permit, or if parking is included in the cost of your rent. Determine whether there's a parking lot near the rental home and find out whether the lot has an attendant. Ask the landlord where your house guests should park during visits.
If you have a pet or plan to get a pet, discuss this with your potential landlord in advance. Rental properties often have pet policies that either prohibit pets in the rental home, or limit the number and types of pets a resident can have.
Contributed by Ephraim Igboin