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9 Essential Questions to Ask Your Indianapolis Landlord Before You Move In

Indianapolis Property Manager Showing a Rental PropertyIf you’re looking for a new place to live, an Indianapolis single-family rental home may be the perfect fit. There are a few key things you should ask your landlord before signing the lease. Outlined in this blog post are the most vital questions that must be considered before moving into a rental home. This will ensure that you have all the information necessary to make an informed decision.

1. Are there any deposits or non-refundable fees required, and what are they for?

Some landlords demand a security deposit, while others levy a non-refundable cleaning fee. Make sure to inquire about any deposits or costs so you can plan ahead.

2. What is included in the monthly rent (e.g., water, electricity, internet)?

There are some landlords that do not include utilities in the monthly rent while others do. The cost of utilities can dramatically increase the expense of living in a rental, so be careful to ask who is responsible to pay for what. Better still, request a cost estimate for all utilities based on the prior tenant’s usage.

3. How often is the rent due, and when is a late fee assessed?

Don’t forget to inquire about the due date for rent and the repercussions of being late. The majority of Indianapolis property managers require rent to be paid on the first of each month, however, some may grant a grace period of a few days before incurring a late fee. Make certain to inquire about this so that you can plan accordingly.

4. What payment methods does the landlord accept?

Some landlords only accept checks, while others may allow payments via the internet. It’s vital to know which payment methods your landlord accepts so you can figure out if they’ll work for you. Some tenants may not want to deal with the inconvenience of paying in person or having their landlord come to their door each month to collect rent. If the rent is not paid electronically, some landlords impose a processing fee. In any case, it is essential to pose this question in order to determine how you will pay your monthly rent.

5. Are there any restrictions on who can live on the property or what they can do (e.g., no pets)?

Some landlords have rules about who is allowed to live in their rental properties. For instance, they may only let guests stay for a limited number of days. Others may be pet-free. Before you move, inquire about these limits to avoid any unpleasant shocks later.

6. How often does the landlord come around to check on things, and what happens if something needs repairs/fixes?

It’s crucial to understand how frequently your landlord will visit. Some landlords inspect their properties once a month, while others only visit when maintenance is necessary. Be careful to inquire about this so that you know what to anticipate. Also, inquire as to how to identify repair and maintenance problems as well as how long it will take to remedy them.

7. What is the lease term, and are there any penalties for breaking it early?

Because breaking a lease might be expensive, you should always find out how long your lease term is before moving in. If you are unable to commit to a long-term lease, you should consider requesting alternatives. For a slightly higher price, some landlords will offer shorter leases. If you need to break your lease, find out what the penalties are. If you break your lease early, most landlords demand a penalty, which is often equal to the rent you would have paid for the entire lease term.

8. Which furnishings and appliances are included?

There are some landlords which supply furnishings or appliances and some who do not. If you are moving into an unfurnished property, you will need to include the cost of furniture. Before you move in, make sure to inquire about this so you can budget appropriately.

9. Would the landlord live there?

This is an essential question because it can provide insight into what to anticipate. If the landlord indicates they would live on the property, they may be a more responsive and hands-on landlord. If they state they won’t, inquire as to why. If they refuse to explain themselves, it’s possible that something isn’t quite right.

 

Prior to moving into a rental home, ask these questions to ensure you have all of the information you need to make a wise decision. Examining what Real Property Management Indianapolis Metro has to offer is another excellent strategy to choose a solid rental home. Our team of professionals will answer all of your questions and help you feel confident in your choice of a rental home. Browse our listings today!

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