What to Do about Apartment Repairs: 2

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

landlord 2As a tenant, you need to protect yourself. One of the first things to do is familiarize yourself with rental laws in your particular area; be informed about what your rights are as a tenant, what your landlord is responsible for, and your landlord’s rights as well.

While this is often easier said than done, you do not have to be intimidated by your landlord. In essence, he or she is your employee — you pay them. If you are not breaking the clauses in the lease or abusing the property, if you are holding up your end of the agreement between the two of you.

Take pictures of everything wrong with the space when you move in. Check the heat, check the water pressure, check the water temperatures, and keep a written account of every time you talk to your landlord about these things. Always try to talk with a witness present. If you feel your needs are not being met, do not be afraid to call your local codes inspector to have someone come out and take a look.

What to Do about Apartment Repairs: 1

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

landlord 1When you first move into a new apartment or rental home, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Moving in your own things is, of course, one of the most important, but you also have to make note of any repairs the real estate agent or landlord alerted you to when you signed the lease, and you have to begin noting anything else that might be wrong.

Now, I will be completely honest with you. Depending on your personality, it can feel kind of awkward to tell your landlord about things that may not be working — and depending on what kind of landlord you have, the whole process can be either easy or difficult.

Say you are renting an apartment in an actual home, for instance. If you have a problem with hot water or water pressure, your landlord may say hey, sorry, it would be too costly to fix this, you’ll just have to make do.

What do you do in that case? Any tips or suggestions?

How to Find the Perfect Tenant: 2

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

tenant-2When you are showing prospective tenants around the property, make sure you do a good showing so they will really like what they see. Plus, showing them around will provide an opportunity to get to know them — trust me, they are well aware that they are leaving a first impression.

If you see tenants who are polite and respectful, who wipes off their shoes, and ask relevant questions, it says a lot about their character. The opposite is true too — rude, nitpicking tenants may not be right for you.

You also need to be sure that your application covers all the details it needs to.

You can use many things to further screen potential tenants, from credit checks to professional references to personal ones — and you should definitely take advantage of these areas.

How to Find the Perfect Tenant: 1

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

tenant-1When you are renting a home, an apartment, a duplex, et cetera, you want to find the right tenants. You want someone trustworthy, someone with whom you ideally have a good rapport, someone who will pay the rent on time, and so on.

It can be hard to find a tenant that is a perfect fit for your property and, to an extent, for you — but there are several things you can do to be discerning when you are choosing a tenant.

For one thing, you should feel perfectly without your rights to create a list of questions that are important to you.

The questions should be relevant to your property and your needs. It can involve the existence of pets, whether the tenants smoke, even why the tenants are moving.

Finding The Right Apartment For You: 2

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

apartmentsphpNow that we have talked about some of the benefits of having an apartment, let’s go ahead and talk about how you are going to find the right one for you.  The first thing you need to do is sit down and make sure that you have a budget.  A budget is going to be very important so that you do not run out of money whenever you are renting an apartment.

Next, you want to make sure that you make a list of all of the needs that you want.  For example, a large kitchen, two bedrooms, washer and dryer – all of those are very important needs and you need to make sure that you can find a place that will accommodate everything that you want.

Finally, make sure that you do your research.  You never want to sign a lease to a place that you don’t love.

Finding The Right Apartment For You: 1

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

apartment-magnify-01When you think about it – finding a house is really hard, but finding an apartment is even harder.  The reason for that is because with a house, there are so many things that you can do to improve it – with an apartment, you truly can not improve on anything because you don’t really own it, and you are simply renting it.  You also want to make sure that you find an apartment that suits all of your needs and that can be difficult.

Personally, I am going through that right now, deciding between a house and apartment and while I love houses, there are a lot of different benefits to getting an apartment.  That is why I am doing this particular blog – do you know the benefits of an apartment or even how to find one?  Stay tuned!

One of the biggest benefits of an apartment is the fact that you don’t have to mow the lawn, shovel the snow or put down any salt on the sidewalks, so that is a plus.  In the next blog, we will go ahead and take a look at how to find the perfect apartment!