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Questions to ask a landlord

by Jes Herman August 23rd, 2009

Before renting an apartment, it’s important to know what questions to ask a landlord to avoid any surprises down the road. We put together a few important questions you should ask a landlord before moving in:

  • How much is the rent?
  • How much is the security deposit?
  • What are my lease options (monthly, annually, etc)? If I sign for a long lease do I get a rent discount?
  • What day of the month is rent due? Is there a grace period?
  • Is there a penalty fee for late rent payments?
  • How should I pay rent? Can I pay with cash? With a credit card?
  • How is rent collected?
  • Are any utilities included
  • Is there a washer and dryer? If not, where is the closest laundry facility?
  • What is the square footage?
  • Are pets allowed? If so, is there a pet security deposit and is it refundable?
  • Were there pets in the apartment before? (in case you have allergies)
  • How high are the ceilings?
  • Is there any storage space available?
  • Where can I park my vehicle?
  • Do I need a parking pass?
  • Are car break-ins a problem?
  • Do you allow children?
  • When is the apartment available?
  • Who looks after the yard maintenance?
  • Where can I submit a complaint about management or maintenance, if I have one?
  • Have you had any break-ins in the past year? How did you address them?

There you have it. Hopefully these questions help prepare you for your apartment search. It’s important to fully understand what you’re signing up for to avoid any surprises in the future. Happy hunting!

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