This information was first shared in the articles section of this website . I thought it would benefit tenants if I included it here as well.
Tenancy laws are in place to protect renters rights when leasing an apartment or home. Without knowledge of your rights landlords may be violating yours. Below are some common questions and misconceptions about leasing.
Having a good relationship between the landlord and their tenants is important for a successful tenancy. It’s not only up to the landlord or property manager to ensure a smooth transition into a new unit. Renters should also do their due diligence about an apartment they are considering for tenancy.
Asking questions not only removes the guess work about what is to be expected but will also establish the expectations of both parties moving forward.
Who will be paying the bills?
If the tenant is expected to pay the utilities, they should find out what type of heating source the unit has and when it was last serviced. Tenants shouldn’t feel shy about asking to see the bills or at least get a summary of them so they can better manage those first few months. Landlords should anticipate this and have these ready at the earliest available time as well. This not only helps to build trust between landlord and tenant, but also allows for longevity in renting as there are fewer surprises moving forward.
Glenn Brown is a Property Manager, Landlord, Spouse and father.