5 Things Every Tenant Should Know

Whether you?re new to the rental world or you?re a seasoned renter there are some things that every tenant should know. The following 5 tidbits can help you get the most out of your renting experience.

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Read the Lease

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It seems obvious but most people don?t read contracts, they skim them and take away virtually no information. Take the time to read every contract, including a lease, before you sign on the dotted line.

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Get it in Writing

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If there are any addendums to your lease or agreements between you and the landlord you should always get it in writing. Email can be especially useful at times as long as you keep all correspondence to prove you have promises and agreements in writing.

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Protect your Privacy

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Even though you?re renting the property you live in is your home so learn what your state and city says about privacy. If your landlord has to enter your property you should be notified at least 24 hours in advance, unless there is an emergency.

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Report Repairs

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If something is broken or not working correctly you have to report this to your landlord. It is their responsibility to keep the premises and the appliances within it (as long as you?re renting them also) in working condition. If you break something it is obviously your responsibility but if not then your landlord should know and make the repair in a timely fashion.

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Get Renter?s Insurance

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Far too many people don?t know about or simply skip over rental insurance but it?s one of the best investments you can make and it?s relatively inexpensive.

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By informing yourself and being a knowledgeable and proactive tenant you can do your share to insure that your renting experience is a good one for everyone involved.