Reasonable Requests To Ask On A Rental Property

July 10, 2018

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When it comes to renting an apartment or home, we generally accept the terms of the lease. However don't think you can't ask for your own provisions in a lease. While the landlord certainly has the right to say no, if you don't ask, you definitely won't get what you want. According to experts at residential property management companies as well as property lawyers, these are five totally reasonable things to ask for in your lease. A shockingly high number of rental properties do not change the locks between tenants. Be sure to ask for the locks to be changed before you move in.  While your building might not want everyone in the building to have a satellite dish on the roof or a grill on the patio, they might let you have one—but only if you ask. So before you assume, check to see if you can get special exemptions for banned items. It's common practice to repaint apartments in between tenants, and that paint usually is a bland white or gray. But you can add some personality to your new digs before you even move in by seeing if you can stipulate your choice of paint color in the lease. If your lease already allows pets, don't be afraid to ask for additional accommodations that make life easier for you and your pets, such as a pet door to be installed prior to move-in, asking for a dog house, or even a fence around the backyard. Anyone who has rented an apartment has encountered the noisy neighbors. Stomping on the floor above you, playing music or watching TV too loudly, or leaving their stuff outside your door instead of theirs. Make it easy to escape this and other aggravating situations by including an early exit clause. Ask for a provision allowing the tenant to vacate the premises if he or she cannot enjoy it based on any crimes that occur at the premises, loud noises, or harassment from neighbors.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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