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Renting an apartment could be a better option than buying a home for those who do not want to deal with huge mortgage payments, taxes, home repairs and maintenance costs.
However, having a good landlord will make all the difference when it comes to living peacefully and without any worries.
Here are some simple tips to find a good landlord.
When you search for an apartment, it is important to look for advertisements in reputable places such as local newspaper and community bulletin boards.
When you are trying to contact potential landlords, keep track of how much time it takes to reach them.
If a landlord does not pick up their phone and doesn't call you back within a reasonable amount of time, this may be a good indicator that they will not be available for you when something goes wrong in the apartment when you are the tenant.
When you see the apartment, look around carefully. Check for leaks in cabinets under the kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks.
Check around the toilet and bathtub for mold stains.
If you find anything of concern, talk with the landlord right away.
If the landlord is not willing to take care of the issue before you move in, then you can be sure that you will have trouble getting things repaired once you signed a lease.
If the landlord agrees to fix something, don’t sign a lease before the problem is solved or write the repairs that are needed into the lease as this will allow you to move out of the apartment if the landlord does not keep their end of the deal.
Remember, it is better to “lose a great” apartment rather than living with a problem that will cause you discomfort on a daily basis.
On the opposite side of the coin, when an apartment has been completely remodeled, landlords may be very uptight about issues, including regular wear and tear.
This can cause unwanted visits from the landlord and disputes over small issues.
It may be uncomfortable to question the previous tenant, but this can be crucial in knowing what kind of landlord you are dealing with.
Ask the tenant why they are moving out. If they are breaking the lease to move out, it should be a red flag and a reason to ask more questions from them and neighbors.
Once you decided to take an apartment, read the contract very carefully. Every landlord has the right to put in the contract whatever they want, even if it seems unreasonable.
If you feel uncomfortable with any part of the contract, discuss the issue with the landlord. If they are not willing to budge, then let the apartment go.
Make sure to get every promise in writing, as something that it not written in the signed contract is as if it does not exist.
After signing your lease, it's best to communicate via text or email in order to have evidence for the future if a problem arises.
When you receive the key, take photos and a video of the entire apartment before moving in.
Immediately, upload it to social media or YouTube. This will give you a date, proving that it was taken before you moved in and will be very helpful in case a dispute arises over damage in the apartment.