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How to Get What You Want from Your Landlord

Working with your landlord can sometimes be extremely frustrating – especially if you’re renting their property and its not a corporation. Luckily, we have compiled some tips for you to utilize when you’re in a sticky situation and aren’t getting the response you want.

  • Follow your landlord’s own procedure. First, check if your landlord has a procedure or a preferred method of contact when problems arise. Look for special contact directions first in your lease. 

 

  • Put your requests and complaints in writing. Documenting your efforts to contact your landlord will help strengthen your case if you need to go to court. It will also help you remember when and how you first tried to contact your landlord about a problem, in case you need to reference it in a subsequent letter. 

 

  • Be persistent. Don’t give up after just a couple of phone calls. If the person who takes your call tells you that someone else will call you back, ask when you should call again if you don’t hear back from that person.

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What To Check Before Signing Your Lease

A common mistake we usually make is not to read a contract before we sign. Obtain a copy of any rules and regulations, make sure you go through everything and before you sign the lease, check to see if these are mentioned:

  • The beginning and the expiration date
  • The rental price and information about your security deposit
  • What are the reasons for which your landlord can terminate your lease contract
  • Are there any penalties for moving out of your apartment before the expiration date?
  • Are there any responsibilities on your head for repairs and such?
  • Is subletting allowed ?
  • See if you have to buy renters insurance, because it will increase you total cost
  • Is there a policy about guest visitors?

Check out more facts about renting an apartment here!

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