Consider the following questions to ask the landlord about the property available for rent:
□ What type of property is it?
□ What is the rent price?
□ What utilities is the tenant(s) responsible for?
- What is the average cost of utilities?
□ How many tenants are permitted?
□ Are there pets and/or children allowed? If yes, is there an extra charge?
□ What is the process of applying to lease this property (i.e. application, sign a lease, security deposit, first month rent, etc.)?
□ Who is responsible for cutting the grass/shoveling snow?
□ Do you provide regular exterminating services?
□ What are the restrictions with regards to guest visits, parties, etc.?
□ Will the apartment/house be ready for occupancy at the start of the lease?
□ What are the dimensions of the rooms, furniture, etc.?
□ How is the house heated (gas or electric)?
□ Is air conditioning available?
□ Can I decorate the rooms (i.e. hanging pictures on the wall, painting, etc.)?
□ Are there draperies, curtains, or blinds for the windows?
□ Is the interior of the property reasonably clean?
□ Is there any damage or distortions to the structure of the property?
- Walls, carpets, flooring, etc.
□ Which appliances are included with the house?
- Do they run on gas or electric?
- Who is responsible for fixing them if they break?
□ Is the house/apartment furnished?
□ Is there laundry available in the building?
□ Is there sufficient lighting in the apartment/house?
□ Do all light fixtures and power outlets work?
□ Is there a phone jack?
□ Do the hot and cold water faucets, shower, sinks, and toilet function properly (i.e. no leaking, drain quickly, etc.)?
□ Is there reasonable storage space?
□ Are there proper containers for disposal (garbage and recycling bins)?
- Is there recycling pick-up? When?
□ Who lives next door/ in the building/ in adjoining apartments?
□ How close are the university, grocery stores, shops, restaurants, and entertainment to the apartment/house?
Safety and Security Questions
□ Does the property have a current occupancy permit that was granted by the local municipality?
- Does this property meet the code of licensure?
- Did this property pass inspection for this year?
□ Are there working smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers?
- Do they meet the health and safety standards?
□ Where is the mailbox? Where can I pick up my mail?
□ What if I lose my key?
□ Is the exterior light sufficient?
□ Where are the emergency exits to the facility?
□ Are the doors and windows to the building/apartment/house sturdy, and locked?
- Does the building have a security system?
□ In the case of an accident that results in damage to the property, who is responsible for the damages?
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