What to Expect with a Tenancy Agreement – Dealing with Landlords

Renting a home can be such a hassle, there’s so much to think about for you to land the perfect place. You’d have to deal with a landlord and hammering out an agreement that gives you as much freedom you can have in the place and how comfortable the owner is in letting you stay. Here are several tips for you to make your new apartment the best home, for half a decade or so.

Study the Location

Would you like to be near a school? Or how about near a mall or hospital? How about far away from them then? Researching your new place to stay is the responsibility of the would-be tenant. You can do a preliminary search on the internet to actually scouting the area to test traffic times, especially to your workplace.

Keeping your Pets

Pets are a big issue in leasing a home. You’d have to deal with neighbors who claim to be allergic to cat hair or have a fear of dogs. Then there’s the landlord who might have reservations about your fur babies. It always helps to be upfront with pets once you’re in talks of leasing the place.

Check the White Goods and Unit Inventory

White goods refer to large appliances that come with the place. If there are any, be sure to inspect them for any damages and note the condition of each appliance before occupancy. Your tenancy agreement should include who repairs them if they get broken or who replaces them. It should be in writing to prevent any future discrepancies.

Take inventory of everything in the unit and list them down. This will help you get your security deposit in the future.

Check the Water and Electricity

Water pressure and electrical wirings are oftentimes the responsibility of the landlord. Check the place and include in the contract how future repairs are done. Sometimes a landlord will allow you to have the water and wirings repaired with the bill deducted on next month’s rent.

Repairs, repainting and more

Most of the time, a landlord prepares his or her place for occupancy to entice a tenant. However, if the place is a bit shabby, you can discuss with the landlord on who does the repairs before you move in. Though you won’t be able to force a landlord to do it, it will give you a heads up before signing a contract. You can suggest to your landlord repair service such as www.tlantahomerepair.net that way you’ll get a quotation of the repairs and you can haggle with the landlord.

Break vs Release Clauses

Your lease can end depending on the following clauses.

  • Break clause – any fixed term tenancy that is activated when the number of agreed months or years is satisfied.
  • Release clause – If the number of months has not yet been satisfied then the tenant can opt to leave by either paying a fee or forfeiting safety deposit or finding another tenant to take over.

Haggle the Terms

Read everything from page to page. One of the often-ignored home leasing tips is that tenants can haggle the tenancy contract. You can make suggestions, have certain terms deleted and even have a payment scheme set up. These are some of the terms that you can check.

  • Guarantor
  • Security deposit
  • Advance payments
  • An increase in yearly rent

That about covers the basic tips on renting a new place. To wrap this up, here’s another reminder. Always read your tenancy contract.

Author: Grace M Simpson