August 03, 2014
How to evaluate your landlord?
Before beginning to even renting a porperty, make sure you get a landlord you can reason with. Make sure the landlord is reasonable and trustworthy. To do that, just like a landlord can ask for references, so can renters. That is, get references from your landlord from past tenants.
I once rented a room from this inexperience homeowner who really didn't know what she was getting herself into. She thought I was going to only sleep there and never cook or actually stay in that room. She started complaining that I turned on the lights too many times and cooked too late. These complaints were never in any any agreement or rental contract that she never created or even verbally stated. She even started going into the room that I rented when I wasn't around! She didn't know her rights as a landlord and she didn't know the responsibilities of being a landlord.
As a tenant, you also need to know your rights. Your landlord won't tell you and you really don't want to learn it the hard way.
Once when you know your rights, managing your landlord should be much easier. You know your landlord has an obligation to repair damage rental property items through wear and tear. Make sure your landlord is making the effort to keep the rental property in good condition before signing a lease.
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