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9 Essential Questions to Ask Your Dartmouth Landlord Before You Move In

Dartmouth Property Manager Showing a Rental PropertyA Dartmouth single-family rental home can be just what you’re searching for if you’re looking for a new place to call home. There are a few key things you should ask your landlord before signing the lease. This blog post will go through the most critical questions to ask when renting a house. This will guarantee you have all the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision.

1. Are there any deposits or non-refundable fees required, and what are they for?

Some landlords demand a security deposit, while others levy a non-refundable cleaning fee. Ask about any deposits or fees so you can plan ahead.

2. What is included in the monthly rent (e.g., water, electricity, internet)?

While some landlords include utilities in the monthly rent, others do not. Utilities can significantly increase the expense of living in a rental, so be careful to inquire about who will be providing what. Better still, request a cost estimate for all utilities based on the prior tenant’s usage.

3. How often is the rent due, and when is a late fee assessed?

Remember to inquire about when the rent is due and the penalty of being late. The majority of Dartmouth property managers expect rent to be paid on the first of each month, however, some may give a few days leeway before incurring a late fee. Make sure to inquire about this so you can plan ahead.

4. What payment methods does the landlord accept?

While some landlords only accept checks, others may accept online payments. It is important to know which payment methods your landlord would accept so that you can determine if they will work for you. Some tenants may not want to deal with the trouble of paying in person or having their landlord come to their door every month to collect rent. If rent is not paid electronically, some landlords demand an additional fee to process the payment. In any case, it’s critical to inquire about this so you can plan how you’ll pay your rent each month.

5. Are there any restrictions on who can live on the property or what they can do (e.g., no pets)?

Some landlords have rules about who can live in their rental units. For instance, they may restrict guest stays to a specific number of days. Others may forbid all kinds of pets. Before you move, inquire about these limits to avoid any unpleasant shocks later.

6. How often does the landlord come around to check on things, and what happens if something needs repairs/fixes?

It is crucial to know the frequency of your landlord’s visits. Some landlords visit once a month to check on their properties, while others only come when something needs to be mended. Make sure to inquire about this so you’re prepared. Also, inquire about how to report maintenance and repair difficulties, as well as how long it will take to handle them.

7. What is the lease term, and are there any penalties for breaking it early?

Because breaking a lease might be costly, you should always know how long your lease term is before moving in. If you cannot commit to a long-term lease, you may want to inquire about other options. For a slightly higher price, some landlords will offer shorter leases. If you need to break your lease, find out what the penalties are. When you break a lease early, most landlords demand a penalty, which is often equal to the rent you would have paid for the entirety of the lease term.

8. Which furnishings and appliances are included?

While some landlords provide appliances and furnishings, others do not. If you’re moving into an unfurnished rental, you’ll need to budget for furniture. Before you move in, make sure to inquire about this so you can budget appropriately.

9. Would the landlord live there?

This is a crucial question because it can tell you what to expect. If the landlord decides to reside there, they might be a more hands-on and responsive landlord. If they say no, inquire as to why. If they refuse to explain themselves, it’s a clue that something isn’t quite right.

 

Asking these questions before moving into a rental home will guarantee that you have all the necessary information to make a smart decision. Examining Real Property Management Success‘s offerings is another excellent method for selecting a quality rental home. Our team of professionals will answer all of your questions and help you feel confident in your choice of a rental home. Browse our listings today!

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