Before Renting

Before Renting

Planning on renting an apartment or room or house? It’s a serious decision, and warrants a LOT of attention. You’ll need to think about the rental unit’s price, size, location, amenities, roommates, how long you’ll be staying there, and possibly some other things as well! You shouldn’t go jumping into things, consider all your options before making a decision. And READ YOUR CONTRACT! How should you start? I’ll tell you.

Consider All of the Possible Options

I said that you should review all your options, but what options lie before you? I don’t know; that’s up to you to find out. You’ll have to do research on the subject: use the internet, newspapers and rental magazines. Once you’ve got a good enough idea of where to go, start visiting rentals which seem like they’re a fit for you. By visiting the rental units, you’ll get a better idea of the sizes and type of amenities that are available in your price range. Also, you’ll learn a bit more more about the amenities themselves! These will vary from rental to rental, so it’s important to find out the specifics. You’ll need to be patient and visit enough places that you’ll be able to make a good decision.

Consider the Possibility of Roommates

Are you going to have a roommate, multiple roommate, or will you  live alone? It’s more important than you might think! Before you make a decision on this issue, you’ll have to consider how well you’d be able to co-exist with any potential roommates, how you’d split up the rent if you’re not renting individually from the landlord, and how you’d divide up the household chores. Roommates could make your life easier, but they could also make it harder!

If you have roommates paying a percentage of the rent, you’ll have much less trouble with your budget. It can be cheaper overall to rent a larger apartment with two people than a smaller apartment with one person. Additionally, apartments designed for two or more people often have a larger overall living space with a larger kitchen, dining room and family room, making the prospect more appealing!

Bear in mind that bringing in a roommate requires you to take a few precautions. You’ll need to carefully screen potential roommates to ensure that they are not potentially harmful. You say that you already know your potential roommates well? They’re your friends? Even so, have you lived together before? Can you co-exist? What if one of you likes to stay up late and listen to music or watch television while the other one of you is trying to sleep? What if one of you is neat and the other is messy? In such circumstances you’ll have to make compromises to avoid conflicts.

Read the Contract Carefully

Whether or not you’ve got a roommate, and whatever type of rental you end up with, you must READ THE CONTRACT before signing it. Remember that it is a legal document and should be treated with respect. Although you may never need to know the exact information in the agreement, if a dispute arises, you’ll need to be aware of you rights.

As well as this, you need to pay special attention to any sections of the contract which specify the landlord’s ability to evict you. There may also be some sections that restrict or penalize you for leaving the rental before the lease period ends! This is called “breaking your contract” and  landlords don’t like it, and I’m sure you can understand why. You wouldn’t like it if they just decided one day that they wanted you out for no valid reason, even though you have a contract. Conversely, landlords don’t like it when you say “Oh, I’ve decided not to rent here anymore even though I signed a contract through a later date. ” Even though they don’t like it,  some landlords may be willing to work with you if you’ve been a good tenant and paid your rent on time and haven’t caused trouble while you’re there.