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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Taj Weldon, Agent, Tracy, CA
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Tips for Renters
1. Utilize a reputable source to search for listings, like a property management office
2. If you have to use places like Craigslist- Do research on the property before providing any money or personal details like your ssn
3. A local Real Estate Agent/Agency can let you know who the owner of a property is.You can use that information to compare to the identification of the person renting the property.
4.Do not do everything remotely.Go to the property and meet the owner in person.
5.Go by the property at different times of the day to check out the neighborhood and activity in the home.
6. When you do find a place that you want to rent.Make sure that the payment is affordable.
7.You should also do an initial walk through where you document any defects or issues with the property.Document and send it to the landlord.That way the landlord cannot take those damages out of your security deposit when you are ready to move.

There are soo many more tips that I can provide.I hope that is a good start.

Taj Weldon
Real Estate Agent
209 740 4176
DRE 01816152
Imara Mortgage and Realty
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