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3 Things to check before signing your lease

3 Things to check before signing your lease

In many ways, signing a lease or rental agreement is the safer option when compared to purchasing a home. However, there are a few things you should check before beginning such a project to ensure that you are making the best possible choice. You'll be obligated to pay rent as a tenant once you sign a lease, so make sure the space is everything you need and that your interests are adequately protected.

Take some time to mull it over and do some research

A property rental can be finalized in a matter of hours because of the high level of competition in today's rental market. But before you sign a lease, you should carefully consider the benefits and drawbacks so that you can find a place to live that is suitable for your needs, is located in an area you enjoy, and has a setting that meets your standards. It may take no more than a few hours to talk to a couple of neighbors, do some online research about the area, or give a call to a relative for some sound advice. See if you can bargain for some quiet time to reflect during the visit!

“It's simple to get good advice by consulting with a few neighbors, doing some online research on the area, and calling a reliable friend or family member”.

Verify that the home is suitable for habitation

When you first read an ad or visit a property, you might miss some details. If you sign the lease, however, you can't ignore them. The landlord is responsible for ensuring that the property is habitable, safe, and in good condition. Please let us know right away if you have any doubts about whether or not you will be able to make proper use of the provided accommodations and maintain a decent standard of living. Less diligent landlords put off doing what needs to be done, so it's best to stay away from them if you don't want to get into a sticky situation quickly (breakdowns, deterioration of materials, etc.).

Read the lease thoroughly before signing anything

Your lease may be null and void if it lacks certain statutory provisions. Be on the lookout for the lessor's contact details (name and address), which must be listed. You should also be able to locate the monthly rent and the terms of the annual revision, in addition to a detailed description of the accommodation (type of accommodation, number of rooms). The lease should also specify the deposit amount and the property's intended use (main residence, professional or mixed use, etc.). Naturally, your landlord will specify the lease's end date and how to get out of the agreement (notice period).

However, provisions that are widely regarded as abusive require special consideration. It's against the law to disclose any information about your political or religious affiliation. There is no law that says your landlord has to take rent out of your paycheck. And lastly, the landlord might not insist that you sign any rental agreements for the machines.

It is forbidden to discuss matters of faith or politics.

If you have any concerns about the person you're considering renting from, it's best to get their input from a real estate professional before signing a lease with them. Even if you're renting through an agency, it's still important to read the fine print to make sure there aren't any unpleasant surprises in store for you in the near or medium future.