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10 Apartment-Finding Questions You Shouldn’t Forget

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of looking for a new place. But here are 10 apartment finding questions you want to remember to ask.

. . . or you’ll be punching yourself later.

1. What Are the Lease Terms?

Make sure you know when you’ll be able to move in and how many months the lease is for. When is the rent due?  What happens if it’s late?  How much notice do you need to give?

2. What are the Move-In Fees and Deposits?

Do they require first and last months’ rent up front? What about security deposits?

3. What’s Your Pet Policy?

Trying to hide a dog or cat can be very costly for you down the road, so just talk about it. What are the deposits and fees?  What are the weight limits?

4. Is There a Guest Policy?

Some apartments are stricter than others: you might not be able to have a visitor for longer than two weeks. Ask!

5. Is Renters Insurance Required?

Renters insurance provides coverage for all of your property in the event of things like a fire, flood, and often even theft. You may be required to purchase it.

6. What’s Included in the Rent?

Some apartments include utilities and other amenities.  Others don’t.  Ask about water, gas, power, cable, fitness center, garages and parking.

7. What Amenities are There?

If you like to grill, or work out, or do laundry, or need a conference room once in a while, you better ask what you’ll have access to if you sign on the line.

8. What’s the Parking Situation?

Will you have a guaranteed parking space or will you be scrambling for street parking? Are garages available?

9. How Often Does Rent Go Up, and By How Much?

Lease renewals don’t always mention a rent increase, so ask what to expect if you renew.

10. What Security Features are There?

Is there a coded gate and plenty of light at night? What about security patrols? Are there video cameras? Have there been any break-ins recently?

Rentals Tips in Canada

In general, your rent payment and household-related expenses should not be higher than 30% of your gross household income. Your gross household income is all income you receive before taxes and deductions. For example, if your gross pay is $4,000 a month, try to limit your housing costs to $1,200 a month or less.

Starting a Tenancy in B.C

Before renting a property, landlords and tenants should be familiar with the rules and regulations that govern how residential properties or units are rented in B.C.

To-do list before you move

When you are going to finally move to a new home you better plan this change beforehand.

What are your rights if your rent goes up?

When can a landlord increase the rent and what is the maximum allowable amount?

How should you pay your rental deposit?

A security deposit – often referred to as a “damage deposit” – is money that a landlord collects at the start of a tenancy and holds until the end of the tenancy.

How does the Rent to Buy scheme work?

When a seller advertises that he will consider doing a rent-to-own deal, he will be looking for someone to lease the house with two contracts.
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