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10 Tips for Renters

January 18th 2013 by
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15Renters have some different considerations than home buyers do. These ten tips can help you be a smart renter.

  • The best way to win over a prospective landlord is to be prepared by bringing a completed rental application with you; written references from previous landlords, employers, friends, and colleagues; and a current copy of your credit report.
  • Carefully review all of the important conditions of the tenancy before you sign.
  • To avoid disputes or misunderstandings with your landlord, get everything in writing.
  • Ask about your privacy rights before you sign the lease.
  • Know your rights to live in a habitable rental unit—and don’t give them up.
  • Keep communication open with your landlord.
  • Purchase renters’ insurance to cover your valuables.
  • Make sure the security deposit refund procedures are spelled out in your lease or rental agreement.
  • Learn whether your building and neighborhood are safe, and what you can expect your landlord to do if they aren’t.
  • Know when to fight an eviction notice and when to move. Unless you have the law and provable facts on your side, fighting an eviction notice is usually shortsighted.

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