Tips for Avoiding Apartment Rental Mistakes

ApartmentRenting an apartment is universally considered one of the best methods of finding a beautiful living space. Not as big as a home, an apartment is smaller yet does not include all the hassles of upkeep and maintenance as a traditional residency entails. There are thousands of available apartment spaces on the market today. They also go at affordable prices for every class of society.

As an apartment for rent is a one of the most popular residential choices on sites like Property Guru, many future tenants are excited to begin their new apartment life. It is during this rush of excitement that many mistakes are made. Humans naturally tend to be lazy creatures and so we avoid doing necessary work. This can result in a wide variety of disasters, especially when you are preparing to settle your lease and move into your new space. These handy tips can help you avoid making critical mistakes that will come to haunt you later in life, and set you up with a hassle free apartment.

1. Always Read the Lease Agreement 

A lease agreement is a contract. Its lines entail certain responsibilities and expectations required not just of you, but also of your landlord. Everyone knows the adage concerning the importance of reading the very fine print. This is much more significant than you can imagine.

Not reading an apartment lease carefully can lead not just to personal disaster, but even to legal trouble. This is especially the case when trying to back out of a bad lease, which often will contain fine print that states financial penalties must be made when terminating a contract earlier than expected. Mass Legal Help states that many landlords will attempt to rush tenants into signing contracts without actually reading the agreement itself. No matter what phrases a landlord may use, it is always important to politely decline their instigation and take the time to review carefully what is expected of you as a tenant. This not only will avoid you from coming into legal trouble, but also let you know where the responsibility lies if something were to go wrong with your rented apartment space. 

2. Know Your Rights

The most efficient way to know your rights as a tenant is by reading your lease. Landlords usually issue leases to their tenants within thirty days of signing. Your rights as a tenant are important, and you should never be blamed for undue troubles.

Every tenant must follow the basic restrictions placed by the landlord, but a landlord can never overextend their rights. Each state has specified laws concerning the rights of both the landlord and the tenant.  The most common of tenant rights include protection from discrimination and the right to special features if physically challenged. A few states even have laws which clearly define when, and if, a tenant may be evicted or take responsibility for certain repairs themselves.

3. Document Existing Damages 

It is important to document any existing damages to an apartment when initially moving in. Failure to do so can result in you being blamed for damages caused by previous tenants or even the landlord. No one should be unjustly blamed for damages they did not cause. Before the actual signing of a contract, a tenant and landlord usually review a checklist of items. This is where a tenant may address existing apartment damages and bring them to the attention of the owner. It is then the landlord’s responsibility to handle any issue, and you avoid being wrongly penalized. Including photographs of any damages is another great way to protect yourself and prove your case in point. If your landlord agrees to repair the damage, ensure they do so in writing. This makes it a legal necessity for them to take responsibility for the damages. 

Summary 

As reported by USA Today, apartments and mini-apartments are increasingly popular residence options today, and thousands of buildings are being erected throughout the main cities across the world. The rush and excitement to obtain your apartment are a natural feeling. It is also especially prevalent among the young adult generation. But, remember this can lead to critical mistakes. When renting or moving into an apartment, it is important to note key features and take certain steps to protect yourself. This is especially true when signing a lease. A lease is a contract that involves responsibilities to both parties involved, and can have nasty consequences if not read carefully. Similarly, it is also important to a tenant to know your rights and to document any existing damages. These three things will ensure you do not find yourself in future legal or financial troubles. By following these handy tips, you will be on your way to wisely choosing an apartment of your choice that is perfect for you and your family.

Author: Group Features Editor

James is the Group Features Editor for Agenda Daily managing the business, entertainment, lifestyle, technology and travel sections. After completing a degree in law, he decided that writing was his first love and has been a journalist for over three years working in magazines, TV, radio and online.

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