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How to Spot a Bad Landlord

Warning Signs of a Slumlord Usually it’s the landlord that needs to weary of choosing the wrong renter. There are easy ways to spot reasons to deny renters. But just as choosing the wrong tenant can have ramifications, the exact opposite is true. Choose an apartment community run by a bad management team and you […]

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Warning Signs of a Slumlord

Usually it’s the landlord that needs to weary of choosing the wrong renter. There are easy ways to spot reasons to deny renters. But just as choosing the wrong tenant can have ramifications, the exact opposite is true. Choose an apartment community run by a bad management team and you will be kicking yourself the day you signed the lease. We have come up with about 5 ways you can spot that slumlord so you can avoid the nightmare scenario that so many renters get involved in. We can say that it’s the one’s that you find on Craiglist and other free local sites that you need to watch out for. Usually the larger apartment complexes are much safer.

Be sure and ask Questions

During the walk-through you will want to ask a lot of questions. Some of these include:

  1. How long do maintenance repairs take
  2. What repairs am i responsible for
  3. When is the trash pickup
  4. Have you had any pest issues in the community?
  5. How to you spray for roaches and other insects.
  6. What security measures are in place here?

See how he or she responds to your questions. If they seem impatient or give you answers that don’t seem to add up, it’s a red flag. Usually then the seller puts pressure on the buyer in any scenario, it might be reason enough to walk away.

What does the property both inside and out

You can tell a lot about a property by how it looks. The outside premises should be well cared for. This means landscaping and lawn should be in presentable position. Once inside you want to examine the carpeting, bathrooms, and overall appearance. It should look extremely clean and in presentable shape. If there are items that are in need of repair, what are the chances that they will be attended to after you move in?

Call and Leave them a Message

When you start to inquire about a rental this gives you an opportunity to see how a landlord responds to you. Remember that they may be the person that you have to contact if your air conditioning unit goes out in the middle of the night. They should get back to you in a few hours or by the next business day.

Also what if they are out of town or on vacation. Find out who you are supposed to contact. If they don’t get back to you at all, find something else.

Make sure the Lease is Legit

Most of the larger apartment communities with hundreds of units use standard leases for all of their tenants.  You can bet they were drafted by lawyers. It’s the renal houses and duplex leases you have to examine. Be sure and read the entire lease. As a matter of fact, ask to take the lease home before you sign it.

How much are late fees? What if you forget to give notice that your moving out before your lease expires? For example, does your lease automatically renew for another 12 months if you don’t gives proper notice? If a landlord won’t make changes, then you should consider other options.

Resources:

https://www.debt.com/lifestyle/home/spotting-a-bad-landlord/

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