This post is a continuation of last week’s first apartment series. Last week I wrote about things you need for your first apartment and how to move from out of your parent’s place to your own place. This week you will learn the key questions to ask your future landlord before signing the apartment lease agreement. It’s very important that you ask the following questions before signing your life. Your apartment lease agreement is the agreement that you will be bound by for next year or so.
So don’t just sign without having a thorough understanding as to what you are agreeing to. For first time renters it might even be best to take an experienced renter or your parents along with you on your search, so that they can assist you with asking your future landlord the right questions.
Questions to Before Signing Your Apartment Lease Agreement
- What’s the rent?
- When is the rent late? What’s the late fee?
- When is rent due? How will rent be paid?
- How often do you raise the rent?
- What is the first action you take when a resident is delinquent on rent?
- Are utilities included in the rent?
- What utilities am I responsible for?
- What is the cost of setting up utilities?
- Is there a washer or dryer in the unit?
- What kind of heating is in the unit?
- How do I submit maintenance request?
- How soon do you respond to maintenance request?
- Am I responsible for any maintenance issues?
- Do you have a maintenance charge list?
- How often will pest control come to my unit?
- Can paint my unit?
- Can change light fixtures?
- Do you allow pets?
- What are your pet restrictions?
- Is there a pet deposit?
- Do you have breed restrictions?
- Do add a monthly pet fee to the rent? If so what is it?
- What are your lease term options?
- What is the procedure for breaking the lease?
- In what cases can my security deposit be refunded?
- What is the process for adding someone to the lease?
- Are there restrictions on how long you can be away from the unit?
What are some questions you ask before signing an apartment lease agreement?