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What are some tips for renters before signing a lease?

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Tue Mar 6, 2012

What are some things to be aware of? What are some tips when negotiating a lease?

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Beware of companies that charge you for a list of available rentals.

The only fee to submit an application to lease is for a credit report (no more then $30)

Also, get everything in writing. If the landlord say's they will take care of something, ask him/her to put it in writing or try and chat by email, that way you have copies of the conversations.

DJ Bonner
Keller Williams Realty
djbonner@kw.com
3 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 6, 2012
Same goes for any contract you enter you want to make sure that you read the entire thing before you sign it. Some things you might also want to consider is additional charges they might try and slip in. These can range from parking fees, storage and pet fees to name a few. Especially if you are not using any of those items. The verbiage for those items can get trick so be weary.

You also want to pay attention to the section that covers you rent after you original lease date is over. Make sure you know exactly when your lease is up and how high the rent will increase once it is over. Find out how much your month to month will increase and how they will notify you of the amount. All in all read the fine print.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 6, 2012
This may seem basic... but READ the WHOLE contract and understand it and get clarification if you do not understand it...
So many people just sign without reading... they could avoid any misunderstandings later on, after all the written contract is what is enforceable.
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