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QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN RENTING

This list may be usedbefore and after you move in as a basis to log complaints about living conditions stemming from the landlord’s failure to perform proper service or maintenance.

1. What is the rent per month?

2. Is a security deposit required? If so, how much is it and under what conditions is it held?

3. Does the landlord require payment of last month’s rent in advance?

4. Do you pay extra ( and if so how much?) for utilities, storage space, air conditioning, parking space, late payment of rent, etc.?

5. Assess the maintenance services: Are maintenance hours restricted? How is emergency service handled?

6. How is garbage disposal handled? Is recycling available?

7. Are there laundry facilities in the home?

8. The Area, is it clean and well lit? Security?

9. Are there signs of insects present?

10. Bathrooms: Clean? Plumbing in good working order? Tiles sound?

11. Kitchen: Is sink in good working order: Stove? Refrigerator?

12. Air conditioning: Good working order?

13. Wiring: Are there enough electrical outlets? Is the wiring sound?

14. Does the heating system seem to be in good working order?

15. Is there a fireplace? Check to see that it is clean and operates well.

16. Windows? Are any broken? Do they all open? Storm windows? Screens? Locks?

17. Floors: Are they clean?

18. Ceilings: Are they clean? Cracked? Water stained?

19. Walls: Are they clean? Is the plaster cracked? Paint peeling?

20. Telephone: Outlets present? Convenient?

21. Is ventilation adequate? Is there an exhaust fan in kitchen?

22. Lighting: Is it adequate? Are fixtures in good working order?

23. Security: Does the door have a dead bolt lock? A security chain?

24. Storage space: Is it adequate? Kitchen and bathroom cabinets?

25. Does the lease indicate that the rent can be increased if real-estate taxes are raised, sewer and water assessments are hikes, or for any other reason?

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