5 Questions to ask your landlord
After viewing several different condominiums, you have found your dream home. The location could not be better: a short commute to work plus near to where you like to spend your leisure time too.
In the excitement of moving it can be easy to forget to ask the practical questions. To make settling into your new pad as smooth as possible, don’t forget to check in with your landlord to ask the following questions:
1. Where does the refuse go?
Every condominium should have a designated area to put rubbish. Check with your landlord where this is if there are any special recycling facilities and what to do with larger items that may not fit in the bin store.
2. What utilities am I responsible for?
To keep on top of your outgoings it is advisable to find out what utilities you must pay and to whom so that you can keep on top of these costs on a monthly basis. Some buildings may include water as part of the landlord’s common area fee so this cost is due directly to the landlord or it may be included in the rent.
For any utility that is metered, find out where these are to track your readings should they be accessible. Finally, your home may be wired for certain Internet, television and telephone providers so check with your landlord if this is the case.
3. Who will be my point of contact?
Check who manages the property as the landlord may be the point of contact or they may have employed the services of a managing agent. It is also worth finding out what their best form of communication is to answer any queries during your stay in the property in a prompt manner. Plus you may want to find out where there is someone else who should be contacted in case of an emergency.
4. Where is rent due?
Start the letting off on a good footing and be prompt with your rent payments. Request where your rent should be paid so that you can set up a standing order for the amount to be automatically deducted from your bank account.
5. How can I turn off the water or electricity in an emergency?
In the unlikely event that you need to quickly stop the flow of water or turn the electricity off, you should find out how to do this and where the fuse box is. This could be particularly important if you have a pipe that is leaking or you have blown your electrical circuit.
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