Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Useful tenant dos and don’ts

Before signing any documents, tenants should inspect the unit, ask questions and clarify any clauses in the contract among other things.

Do keep the unit as clean as possible and as close to the condition you found it in. 

Dos

1. Inspect the unit and ask as many questions as possible. 

2. Make sure you have enough in your bank account to cover the initial deposit and keep careful track of your cash flow to avoid your cheques bouncing. 

3. Ask questions and clarify any clauses in the contract before signing. 

4. Do keep the unit as clean as possible and as close to the condition you found it in. 

5. Pay your rent on time. 

6. In case of an emergency that may delay or hamper rental payments, advise your landlord in a timely manner and make the necessary arrangements. 

7. In the event of any drilling or renovation that entails some rebuilding, ask your landlord's permission and file the necessary permits first. 

8. If you intend moving out, give your landlord some forewarning a month or two before. 

9. Check and double check for any additional clearance or paperwork that needs to be done for moving in and moving out. 

Don’ts

1. Don’t forget to ask for receipts for the initial deposit, and keep them on file. 

2. Don’t misplace the contract. 

3. Don’t be rude. Your landlord  may not be the most accommodating or friendliest landlord, but at the end of the day, his or her main concern is a no-fuss transaction. 

4. Don’t try to sneak around the contract clauses. If you want certain exceptions, make sure to get written permission from your landlord. 

5. Don’t accept any verbal agreements. Make sure that everything is in writing and every page is signed by both parties. 

6. Don’t assume the worst. If you feel that you’re being slighted or that your landlord is strangely evasive, review and make sure that you understand the contract and the necessary laws. Try to talk to your landlord first, or consult with legal counsel. 


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