Ten Things You Need To Know While You Are Renting

  1. Rent is due on the first of the month. It is late after the 5th. All late fees are due the month they occur. Rental payment history is recorded through a program called Rent Bureau. Having a good payment history can help you if you are trying to buy a house.
  2. If you know you are going to pay late, please notify us so we can let the landlord know. All late fees are due the month they occur when rent is paid. Eviction papers are typically filed on the 20th of each month if the account is not paid in full.
  3. There are  quarterly inspections on each property. We are looking to make sure filters are being changed on the HVAC system, no one is smoking in the property,  that the number of people and animals living in the property match the  number of people and animals on the lease, and that there is no unusual damage to the property. We will be taking pictures for our files.
  4. During the quarterly inspections, it is a great time to bring to our attention any miscellaneous items that are not an emergency but that may need to be fixed.
  5. Tenants can not make repairs and deduct the expense from rent.
  6. Rent can not be withheld until repairs are made.
  7. All repairs must go through the property management company. Any repairs ordered by tenant are the financial responsibility of the tenant.
  8. If you decide you want to have a pet after the rental contract is completed, it needs to be approved by the landlord, and all necessary paperwork needs to be completed,  before the pet moves in. Some of our properties are “pet-free.” Pet fees will apply.
  9. Rental insurance is a good thing and inexpensive. it can save you a lot of money if something happens to the property you are living in.  Get some!!
  10. You are legally and financially responsible for all of the terms of  the Rental contract.  If you need to break the lease, most homeowners will allow you to do so if it doesn’t cost them financially.  You will need to pay the remarketing fee, the  rent, and all utilities until the next tenant moves in. Your need to break the lease should not affect the landlord’s finances.
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