When you are looking to rent a house, there may be lot of questions running through your mind. Though some of the basic things most potential tenants think about include the rent, maintenance responsibilities, lease duration etc., there are many other aspects which you need you clear out with the landlord before moving in.
Here are some of the important questions that you must ask to ensure a smooth tenancy:
What does the rent include?
Firstly, ask the landlord how much is the total rent amount and what all it includes. If the rent also covers the monthly utilities, make sure you know about them. The utility charges may include electricity, water, cable TV, internet, garbage removal etc.
When and how do I pay the rent?
It is important to know the due date for paying the rent every month. Also ask the landlord the means through which you are required to make the payment, including cash, bearer check or online banking.
Are all the appliances working properly?
If you are renting a furnished home, make sure all the electrical appliances are in proper working order. Ask the landlord if the electric fittings are code compliant and energy-efficient. The plumbing fixtures should not be leaking and properly installed.
Have the locks been changed?
Before moving into a rental home, ask the landlord if the locks have been changed. Ideally, the landlord should install new locks for every tenant. If not, ask if you can change the locks and latches on your own.
Are pets allowed?
Most landlords follow a restrictive or no pet policy in their rental home. It is better to get these thinks cleared before signing the lease to avoid any issues later on. If the landlord allows pets, ask if there are any specific guidelines regarding the type, size and number of pets allowed in the house.
What is the maintenance policy?
Be clear about your rights and obligations towards the maintenance of the house. Ask the landlord if you are responsible to mow the lawn, maintain landscape, repair plumbing and electric fixtures in the house. If not, make sure you know how often maintenance and repair work will be done.
We, at Lone Star Realty & Property Management, Inc., can assist you in renting a home in Killeen, TX. Our agents will not only guide you through the process and make sure you move-in without any hassles. For more information, feel free to call us at (254) 699 – 7003 or visit our office at 1020 W Jasper Dr, Killeen, TX 76542.