10 Tips for Tenants

July 4, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Residential Real Estate

First Tip for Tenants:

Investigate the area: make sure this is the neighbourhood you want to live in. Even though you don’t plan on staying in the home permanently, look a bit into the future. For example, find a good location that would best suite a future family.

 Second Tip for Tenants:

Bring your Paperwork: get ahead of other applicants and win over a potential landlord by being prepared. When you meet the landlord, bring necessary paperwork: completed rental application, employment letters, written references from previous landlords, employers and colleagues, and a copy of your current credit report.

Third Tip for Tenants:

Read Carefully: don’t sign anything until you have thoroughly read the lease or rental agreement. There may be restrictions that conflict with your needs. For example, the landlord may restrict pets, guests or design alterations.

Fourth Tip for Tenants:

Get Everything in Writing: if you request something from your landlord, put your request and the landlord’s response into writing. This will avoid arguments and misunderstandings.

Fifth Tip for Tenants:

Know your Privacy Rights: understand your privacy rights to avoid disputes with your landlord, such as what notice they must provide before entering. If you know your rights, you can protect them.

Sixth Tip for Tenants:

Demand Repairs: make sure your landlord offers the appropriate living accommodations, such as heat, water, electricity and sanitary living conditions.

Seventh Tip for Tenants:

Breaking a Lease: know the charges you may have to pay and how much notice you will have to give in advance before breaking the lease. Become familiar with the Landlord and Tenant Act which explains each party’s rights and obligations.

Eighth Tip for Tenants:

Purchase Renter’s Insurance: your landlord’s insurance will not cover your losses due to instances such as theft or a fire. But your own insurance to secure the value of your belongings.

Ninth Tip for Tenants:

Protect your Security Deposit: make sure your lease or rental agreement is clear on the use and refund of security deposits, including any possible deductions.
Safety First: make sure that your neighbourhood is safe. If it has a high crime rate, make sure that your landlord takes the proper precautions to ensure your safety, such as window locks.

Tenth Tip for Tenants:

Deal with Eviction Properly: if you feel that the landlord is absolutely in the wrong, considering you have the law and facts to support you. The Landlord and Tenant Act sets out the rights and obligations of each party, as well as all terms and conditions. Communicating and resolving issues privately is much easier and less costly than resorting to any court system.