Reading my way into facebook I stumbled upon an amazing post from an individual i won’t list here but when you read this good sir, your content was great and i wanted to share it on our site. Lease Agreements can take your DD.
Things to discuss when visiting a rental property for the first time
Is the unit is soundproof? You should expect inferior soundproofing! The most common complaints landlords get from tenants are those that revolve around noises and it’s really a huge problem in this town.
Are utilities such as heat, electricity, water, cable television, or Internet included in the monthly rental fee, or are the costs shared with other tenants? If the costs are shared, not everyone has the same usage or requirements.
What type of heating is used – natural gas, oil or electric? Be aware that some energy sources cost more than others (e.g. electric baseboard heaters might cost more than forced air natural gas)
Which utility companies service the unit? On average, how much did tenants pay before for utilities each month? Use this as a guideline only since the previous tenants’ could have had different energy needs than your own.
Is there parking? How much does it cost? What about additional vehicles? ,including guest parking?
Is there additional storage? Is this included in the rental cost? Does this include bicycle storage?
Is parking or laundry extra? If so, how much does it cost?
Is there rent control in place? If not, how will future rent increases be handled?
Who handles installing or moving telephone jacks, satellite dishes, or television cables?
Is there high speed Internet available?
Can changes be made to the premises, including painting?
Why are the current tenants are leaving?
If pets are allowed, what kind? Does the property need to be professionally cleaned at the end of the lease?
Is smoking permitted?
How is the neighbourhood and other tenants like?
What makes the property unique?
Are security systems in place? Have the locks been changed recently? Are there parts of the building that require key access?
Are there policies on overnight guests or long-term visitors?
Can vehicles be maintained or repaired on the property? (If applicable)
Safety, security and healthy living are also important considerations when looking for a place to live. Before deciding to rent, make sure to:
Consider the nearest transit stop and parking areas if you have a vehicle. Are they isolated, or are there enough people around to walk to and from safely?
Scan the local news for any reports of crime in the area, or call the local police station to ask.
Check the locks on the windows and doors. Ask the landlord to change them at their expense. Before you move in. (They are, however, not legally obligated to do so.)
Examine sliding glass doors, like patio doors, for a reinforcement rod in the track that prevents them from being forced open.
Check for working smoke detectors, fire exits and/or fire escapes, and fire extinguishers. For basement units, make sure the windows are large enough to crawl through.
Look for properly vented space heaters and fireplaces with plenty of room around each for furniture to be placed safely.
Look for the presence of mould (stains on the walls, musty smells, or rotting wood) to make sure the air you are breathing is clean.
I wanted to applause the gentleman who wrote the above in an attempt to help young or non suspecting clients who could run into problems after signing that lease agreement.
I wanted to add just one thing to this pst that gets missed and overlooked. This one is crucial to the well being of your DD. Look for landlords who hide fees in their lease agreements, you will be surprised to see how much they cut off your DD when you leave, for things like admin fees, mandatory cleaning fees and they may try to hold you on tiny wear and tear matters just to spite you on you way out. Be aware that your DD will be attacked at every angle with this type of landlord when you dare to tell them you will be leaving. No matter how good of a client your were or how long you stay with them, your lease agreement can take your DD.
In conclusion lease agreements will take your DD if your not careful. Landlords will select their lease agreement that fits their agenda and sometimes its a bit malicious. We learned this the hard way and even most of the issues in the gentleman’s post. At G Corp there is no hidden fees and we won’t try to get you on petty wear and tear. Thats why you pay rent, to use the place. Small nicks and scratches are part of the rental game. We understand and don’t hold you liable. No if ands or buts you DD is yours and you get it back in full so long as you do not damage the place more than is deemed normal wear and tear.
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G Corp Realty Solutions