This article was published on February 19th, 2019
Your landlord or property management team have a responsibility to you that goes beyond handling your rent. Here are some questions you should ask your landlord today.
1. How much should I budget for utilities?
One of the main expenses that comes with renting a home is utility bills and one of the most important questions you need to ask your landlord is how much you will be paying for water and electricity, and in some areas cooling services.
2. What kind of complaints do you have on record?
Are the majority of complaints on record about noise? Faulty appliances? AC issues? It is best to have a general idea of what to expect when it comes to complaints in the apartment building or compound.
3. Where can I find additional parking?
Most apartments come with one parking spot, and villa rentals usually include two. So, it’s always a good idea to ask your landlord about extra parking in the building or the compound, for when you have guests over, or even if you have an additional family car.
4. What entails lease termination?
Are there certain rules that cause for lease termination? This can be from both sides. Can the landlord terminate the lease? Can the tenant break the lease early? It is best to ask this question and have a clear answer early on.
5. What’s the pet policy?
This is probably one of the question that you have to ask BEFORE moving, as having a clear, specified pet policy will save you headache and headache in the future.
6. Are there any renovations coming up?
Are they planning to renovate the public areas? Or maybe renovate a number of apartments or villas? It is best to have prior knowledge of these projects, especially for families with young children, who could be bothered by the noise.
7. If I have an issue with a neighbor, what’s the best way to address it?
Sometimes, it’s best to not confront the neighbor directly, so maybe the landlord can mediate in some instances. More serious issues could be handled directly through the landlord, which is why it’s important to ask this questions.