30 Questions Potential Tenants Must Ask Landlords

Potential tenants should make sure to ask landlords relevant questions before paying for an apartment in order to avoid being scammed or deceived as the case may be. Some landlord or their agents are deceptive, this deception works more with potential tenants under duress to pay and move into an apartment. Questions must be asked if the tenant must enjoy all the benefits attached to the apartment to be rented.

30 Questions Potential Tenants Must Ask Landlords

The following are valid questions that every potential tenant should ask the landlords of the apartment they are seeking to rent.

  1. How much is the house rent?
  2. Is there a service charge?
  3. What are the other fees attached to the rent?
  4. Can I pay for one year at the first instance?
  5. Was the former tenant owing utility bills, if yes, how is it going to be offset?
  6. Who is the manager of the property?
  7. What are your grounds for servicing notice to quit?
  8. Are you frequent at court?
  9. How often do you review the rent?
  10. Do you negotiate rent review with the tenant before the increment?
  11. Who handles the internal and external repairs?
  12. How are the septic tank and soak-away pits evacuated?
  13. Is the electricity prepaid, postpaid or estimated?
  14. Will you offset the arrears on the electricity bill?
  15. What time does the security man lock the premises gate?
  16. Can my friends visit me at night?
  17. Can I keep pets?
  18. Can I own more than 2 cars in the compound?
  19. Who takes care of leaking roofs?
  20. How do I channel my complaints when one arises?
  21. Is my rent refundable and on what grounds?
  22. Is the caution deposit refundable or nonrefundable?
  23. How much are your agency and legal fees?
  24. Who sweeps the premises?
  25. Can I host a party on the premises?
  26. Do you issue rent receipts paid?
  27. Can I pay the subsequent rent in instalments?
  28. Can I negotiate the rent?
  29. How does the property get water?
  30. Are you repainting the house?

Many tenants don’t ask these questions, they wait until they start facing issues in the property. The moment a tenant signs the tenancy agreement and takes over possession of an apartment it is assumed that the tenant has all the relevant information about the said property and has accepted to move in regardless, hence difficult to challenge the landlord should he refuse to succumb to complaints. For example, if a tenant knows that his apartment has a leaking roof and does not agree with the landlord on who is to repair it and when the repair will be done, after paying for the apartment and possession handed over, he may find it difficult get the landlord to fix the roof on time before it starts raining. The landlord might delay the repairs while promising to fix them at an uncertain period. Eventually, the landlord may fix the roof but after rain had destroyed some of the tenants belonging due to insensitivity of urgency on the landlord’s part.

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