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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Professional…, Landlord, Cape Coral, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012

Signing a lease can be very nerve-racking, if you’ve never signed one before. However, some things to know in advance are:

- Ensure the property is safe and sanitary before signing.
- Know the full amount due at the time of signing the lease.
- Ask about the duration of the lease since lease terms can range.
- Find out if there's a "reletting" fee in case you need to move out unexpectedly.
- Ask when rent is due and whether there is a grace period.
- Inquire if you can get telephone, cable, Internet and electric service through any company of “your” choice.

Finally, never sign a lease when the landlord wants you to sign. Do it after you check the landlord out with the city or county you are looking to rent in. This will turn up any complaints people have registered about problems (building code violations, etc.). If you still have questions, ask to take the lease home and read it carefully.

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Enjoy the rest of your day!!


Therese A Clapp, Realtor®
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Century 21 Sunbelt Realty, Inc.
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Cape Coral, FL 33914
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Dominick Cic…, , Cape Coral, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Make sure you have a good lease. A lease is good not only for the owner of the property, but also for the renter. make sure that repairs to property are spelled out to your satisfaction. Don't be afraid to make reasonable requests. If they balk or refuse move on to the next property. Never rent a property without a lease if you are looking for a long term lease. Also, have an attorney look at the lease.
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James Sommers, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
I helped an older friend find a rental home last year. It was being offered by a professional office and everything seemed just about perfect until a repair needed to be made. It turned out the company was only paid to market the home and wasn't actually managering the property. The owner turned out to be very difficult, lived out of the area, and wouldn't pay for any repairs. So now my 72 year old buddy/client is going to have to move again in a few weeks when he was really looking to rent a home "for good". So my tip is to make sure the company marketing the property will actually be managing the property.
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