TO ASK WHEN RENTING
list may be usedbefore and after you move in as a basis
to log complaints about living conditions stemming from
the landlords failure to perform proper service
What is the rent per month?
Is a security deposit required? If so, how much is it
and under what conditions is it held?
Does the landlord require payment of last months
rent in advance?
Do you pay extra ( and if so how much?) for utilities,
storage space, air conditioning, parking space, late
payment of rent, etc.?
Assess the maintenance services: Are maintenance hours
restricted? How is emergency service handled?
How is garbage disposal handled? Is recycling available?
Are there laundry facilities in the home?
The Area, is it clean and well lit? Security?
Are there signs of insects present?
Bathrooms: Clean? Plumbing in good working order? Tiles
Kitchen: Is sink in good working order: Stove? Refrigerator?
Air conditioning: Good working order?
Wiring: Are there enough electrical outlets? Is the
Does the heating system seem to be in good working order?
Is there a fireplace? Check to see that it is clean
and operates well.
Windows? Are any broken? Do they all open? Storm windows?
Floors: Are they clean?
Ceilings: Are they clean? Cracked? Water stained?
Walls: Are they clean? Is the plaster cracked? Paint
Telephone: Outlets present? Convenient?
Is ventilation adequate? Is there an exhaust fan in
Lighting: Is it adequate? Are fixtures in good working
Security: Does the door have a dead bolt lock? A security
Storage space: Is it adequate? Kitchen and bathroom
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?