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Rental Basics in Charleston : Real Estate Advice

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Jim Bobo, Jr., Real Estate Pro in Johns Island, SC
Mon Aug 5, 2013
Jim Bobo, Jr. answered:
If I were the landlord, I'd ask 2 questions. First, where did the bed bugs come from? Sounds like you may have brought them back with you from your trip. There is ample evidence of bed bugs hitching a ride in traveler's luggage. While your infestation is unfortunate, to expect your landlord to instantly agree to pay for the treatment under these circumstances may be unreasonable. The second question I'd need to answer is what does the lease state about pest infestations? In the SC Realtors residential lease, the tenant must report a pest infestation within 3 days of occupancy; otherwise, the premises are presumed to be pest-free and, except for termites, the tenant is responsible for all pest treatment. A pro-active landlord is going to regularly inspect the premises and provide regular pest management services. But bed bug treatment can be costly. Some landlords, regardless of their home state, aren't the most pro-active. If your lease does not address this issue, you can read the SC Residential Landlord and Tenant Act at the web reference below. Hope this helps. Jim Bobo, Jr., BIC of SC Land and Homes LLC ... more
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Foster Smith, Real Estate Pro in Summerville, NC
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Foster Smith answered:
The first thing I would check is the cooperation that you can expect from the landlord. When problems arise, will he be responsive and fix it in a timely manner? Who takes care of the repairs? Does he do it himself or does he have a maintenance crew set up to respond to problems?

In the current economic climate, it would be important to know the financial status of the owner.Is he current on HIS mortgage? Three months from now will you get a notice that the house has been foreclosed and you have 30 days or less to move?

Obviously, you should read the lease agreement and understand the terms.

Perhaps, you may even recheck with a mortgage broker to see if you qualify to buy a house instead of renting. This is the time to buy.
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