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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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Before you sign anything, you want to make sure you are definitely dealing with the property owner or his/her authorized REALTOR. There have been a lot of recent scams where strangers are gaining access to show properties, sign leases with tenants and run with the money. Don't get scammed!

You should also read every line of the lease to make sure the terms are reasonable and you agree with all the wording. Pay attention to: TERM and renewal terms (automatic renewal?), make sure required written notices are fair (same # days for both Landlord and Tenants), check to make sure it states who pays what utilities. Good Luck.

All the best,
Larry Lichtman
REALTOR, Property Manager
Your Real Estate Resource For Life
Cell: (267) 254-7994
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Make sure you are dealing with the owner or their authorized representative
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