If you are considering moving into an apartment, a garage apartment, a single-family home or another type of dwelling where you have a property manager, you want to have a full understanding of the best way you can approach getting the rental and learn all you can about being a good tenant. This article is full of useful information that will guide you through dealing with a property manager from start to finish.
Getting into a rental unit
When you find a rental that you feel is the best fit for you, you want to do your best to make sure the property manager chooses you over the other applicants. This is why it's a good idea to meet with them in person to fill out the application, if possible. When you take care of everything online and over the phone, you can't make as big of an impression as you can in person. When you do meet with them, make sure you are dressed casually, but neatly. Also, show up with all of your paperwork filled out completely and have your other verification and proof papers with you to show that you are well-prepared and serious about wanting the rental.
Read the lease completely
It's easy to get so excited about being chosen to rent the unit you really wanted that you are ready to just go ahead and sign on the dotted line the minute the lease is put in front of you. However, this can leave you dealing with problems and misunderstandings down the road. Make sure you understand and agree with all of the terms in the lease. Also, make sure the lease is for a period of time that is good for you. If you are fairly certain that you may be relocating in a year, then you do not want to get into a two-year lease. It's not good to break a lease and if you do, then you can find yourself responsible for continuing to pay the full amount of rent until the property manager can get new tenants into the unit.
Follow all the terms of the lease and get permission for things in writing
It's a good idea to check your lease before you do something new around the rental, just to make sure your clear on whether its allowed. Also, get permission in writing from the property manager any time you want to make a change around the unit or do something else like get a new pet. When you have permission in writing, there is no way either of you can forget about the conversation and have problems arise.