19 Things Everyone Should Know Before Renting A House
The last thing you want is to be living in a house with dodgy blinds and no powerpoints.
Check where all the power points are around the house.
And check that there's a phone line and TV aerial port.
Find out if you'll be paying the water bill.
Check out the parking situation.
Do a little research on the area.
Find out if you can have pets.
Check that all the windows open.
Make sure you're not being charged too much.
And take a day or two to properly read the lease.
Actually go through the condition report, and check EVERYTHING.
Know what things you don't have to pay for.
But you have to pay for things like lightbulbs and smoke alarm batteries.
In some states, there is a limit to how many times rent can be increased in a year.
Know your privacy rights.
Deal with mould ASAP.
Always put all correspondence with your landlord in writing.
You can find sample letters online if you need to raise an issue with your landlord, but don't know how to go about it.
If you're planning to move out early for any reason, do research to avoid fees for breaking your lease.
And do everything you can to get your full bond back.
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