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Home Renting: Understanding The Agreement And Considerations

Jan 8, 2008
When trying to understand the renting agreement, you might have some difficulties if you do not understand what is being said. The first part of the renting agreement is your information as well as any other applicant who will reside in the apartment. The standard lease agreement will include abandonment of the property, repairs and alterations as well as sub-letting.

The renting agreement will also include the rules of breaching the contract, drug offenses that are committed in the house and property owner access and inspection. The renting agreement will also include a clause for lawful use of the property, disclosure of lead paint, maintenance, parking, late fees and the rent. It will also verify the security deposit, hold over of the tenant, terminating and vacating the property, utilities and it will discuss surrendering the premise.

In the apartment leasing agreement, the rent due date as well as the penalties for late rent and failure to pay rent are very important to look closely at before signing. Normally, you are given a five-day grace period for paying the rent before any late fees are accumulated. At this time, the property owner can issue additional fees or a five-day pay or vacate order. You cannot fight this common practice. If you sign the apartment leasing agreement, you are aware of the outcome if you fail to pay the rent.

The apartment leasing agreement should also include a check in and check out section. This is where you and the property owner do a walk through to examine the condition of the property. If you notice anything not on the list, it should be added for your protection. This part of the leasing agreement is vital when renting an apartment as well as a home, commercial property or a mobile home. Everything should be noted even the condition of the attic, basement and living quarters. If you forget something and sign the lease, you can be held responsible for the problem that was forgotten on the agreement.

Renting Consideration

For someone with children, you might have to consider the yard size and how much space you will need for the children to play. Will you need a fenced in yard or some type of storage shed to store the children's toy? If you have pets, you want to find a place were you can have a pet and a yard might be necessary to put your pet outside to relieve themselves. The yard is always a consideration when you have children or pets.

Usually when renting a house, the yard work becomes your responsibility. You will need to consider the size of the yard, the work needed to be done and then you need the necessary equipment to care for the yard. House renting means a little more freedom than renting an apartment, but along with that does come more responsibility. So you are going to need a lawn mower, a weed whacker and some shovels or a snow blower if the area has a snowy winter.
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