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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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Jason Rush’s answer
To the best of your ability understand the area, the home and the landlord (owner, agent or management company). Make sure you know the terms and they are agreeable and doable. The agreeable part is typically easier than the "doable" part. Make sure you know and can comply with the terms related to late payments, maintenance issues and property modifications. Renting a property is like a new high school relationship, they always start out great yet easily and quickly evolve into a ugly and unpleasant situation with divided sides. Make sure you prevent another ugly high school relationship. What you agree to is what you must do so make sure you can adhere to the terms.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 6, 2012
Lori's TIPS:

* Meet the landlord in person, always.
* Get everything in writing.
* Establish a fair system of setting, collecting, holding, and returning security deposits.
* Make sure you undersstand the documents you sign.
* Say want you will do and then do it!

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Kind Regards,
Lori Hicks & Toni D;Avello
HomeSmart Realty
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