7 Questions You Should Ask a Landlord Before Signing a Lease
With military families on the move across the country, the hunt is on for a home to buy or rent! And while tenants are anxious to find the perfect home and often feel at the mercy of a landlord, military families under strict time constraints can end up making unwanted concessions.
Make sure that you've asked the right questions and covered your bases before you sign on the dotted line! Here are a few suggestions as you begin your rental search.
1) How will I submit my personal information?
2) What is the monthly rent, and is it subject to change?
3) How much is the security deposit and any pet fees?
4) What exactly does my monthly rent cover?
5) How and when will the landlord access the premises?
6) What are the requirements for moving out?
7) What are the grounds for withholding my security deposit?
A security deposit is just that: security against damage that goes above and beyond the normal wear and tear of living in a home. It is wise to ask the landlord on what grounds they would withhold a deposit so that you have a clear understanding before signing a lease agreement.
Getting caught up in the frenzy of a PCS move is nearly impossible to avoid, but take your time and be thorough when looking for a home. Use these suggestions to create a list of essential questions you should ask your landlord before you sign a lease agreement, and please share any recommendations you have!