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10 Things Every Renter Needs to Know About Their Lease

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 06:30AM

Whether you're still house-hunting or have just moved into your new place, the central connection between any renter and their landlord is the lease. The terms of the lease are contractually binding, meaning that once both of you sign it, you are both obligated to uphold whatever's written inside. You may think you know everything about being a renter and have seen every boiler-plate lease on the market, but when it comes to contracts, never ever assume. You never know if this landlord has customized their lease, and it's important to know what you have actually agreed to. Here are the top ten things every renter should look for in their lease agreement.

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Topics: Tenants, Landlords, maintenance issues, Leasing tips, Leasing, Tips for tenants, Rental Tips, Tips for new tenants, pets, responsibilities of pet owners, owning a pet

5 Inspection Tips for Renters at Move-In

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:00AM

So you've found your ideal rental property, talked to the owners, done the walk-through, signed the lease and paid your security deposit. While you may be congratulating yourself on finding such a gem, it's now time to cover your bases and make sure that security deposit comes back to you whenever you decide to move out. As the tenant, you have also become the active caretaker and will be considered responsible for any damage taken on by the property during your stay. Whether or not you had a full inspection done before signing the lease, it's time to do a little inspection of your own with full documentation in order to prove the starting state of your new home. If you have a property manager, you can contact them to inspect with you.

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Topics: Tips for new tenants, moving tips

How to Minimize Your Dog's Impact on a Rental Property

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 11:21AM

When you love your dog, you wouldn't dream of ditching them for a new rental property that isn't pet-friendly. As a responsible tenant and pet owner, you always make sure to find a new place with a reasonable pet agreement in the lease and you're more than willing to pay an extra deposit promising you and your dog will treat the property well. But what do you do if a landlord or property manager won't allow your dog unless you promise there won't be a single sign of your furry friend after you leave? If your pet is well-behaved, then you are safe to make this promise as long as you take the necessary precautions to control the usual troubles like scratched floors, dog-smell, and shedding into the carpets. Here's your 101 on how to be a responsible tenant and keep your landlord and property manager happy with your whisper-quiet canine companion.

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Topics: Tenants, Tips for tenants, Rental Tips, Pet Damage, Tips for new tenants, pets, responsibilities of pet owners, owning a pet

Tips for First-Time Renters

Friday, August 04, 2017 - 11:05AM

Moving out on your own is exciting. You have spent your entire life living under your parents’ rules and now it is time for you to try to make some of your own. Finding an apartment and learning to take care of yourself is not always easy. However, with some tips, you can move out and do well on your own.

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Topics: Leasing tips, Leasing, Tips for new tenants

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