Jesse Allen strives to assist his clients in all aspect of the home acquisition process, and build their trust in his word. Whether he is working with first time renters or experienced home owners, Jesse can help every step of the way.
If you are looking to rent a home or apartment, you can trust Jesse to help you find the perfect place. Jesse’s property management company specializes in the home rental process and is glad to assist you every step of the way. With his years of experience, Jesse has helped many families find the place of their dreams. He is dedicated to meeting your needs and connecting you to the perfect rental you can call home.
The Renting Process
Wondering about the process? Here’s a nifty guide to help you along the way!
Go Out and Look
Sometimes this is better said than done if, for instance you are relocating. For the most part, though, it is a good idea to visit the actual properties in person to see if it satisfies your wishes. My best advice is to make an appointment so you can see the property in full.
Here are some things to keep in mind. Is the place in good order and well maintained? Are there a lot of others living on the property? Is the parking place lit? Are the common areas lit and organized? Are there any problems with your prospective unit? Was the advertising for the property justified? Is the property functional and acceptable in appearance.
It may be very exciting to go ahead and sign a lease. However, the smart thing to do it take your time and browse around. You never know if you may find somewhere else you like better. This is even more true for those that may want to stay in the area for a long period of time.
The Rental Application
As soon as you have made up your mind on a property, you will usually be required to complete a rental application – one application per renter. This will help the landlord determine the credibility of the probable renter(s). You may have to submit a processing fee or application fee or security deposit along with the application. If the application is denied, the renter will be refunded their security deposit within a certain amount of time – perhaps about a month. Expect to see the following on the rental application:
- Current address
- Phone number
- Driver’s license number
- Previous address
- Pets (if you have them)
- Employment and income information
- Emergency Contacts
- Background information (questions about criminal offenses or previous bankruptcies
- Car information
Background and Credit Check
You will usually have to give consent via signature to the landlord /agents to get a consumer credit report, credit record search, criminal record search, and registered sex offender search. These will help the owners decide if you will be a good fit for their property in terms of character and finances. So you are aware, the Fair Housing Act declares it unlawful for a landlord to deny housing to a tenant based on color, race, gender, disability, national origin, familial status, or religion.
Sometimes, when a person doesn’t have sufficient credit, they may choose to have a person as a “guarantor”. This person willfully agrees to share responsibility for the rental property, should anything go wrong. This requires a legal notary.
After all applications are approved, the landlord will present you with the rental agreement. Usually, you must sign and date the lease, agreeing on the amount of time you will be expected to live in the property. You may have to pay a full month’s rent upon submitting this agreement. All co-signers must also sign the lease.
This is the legal bind between tenant and landlord. It includes:
- Names of landlord and tenant(s)
- Start/end date of agreement
- Address of property at hand
- Lease renewal options
- Rent payment options
- Security deposits
- Late charge information
- Utility information
- Occupant requirements
- Pet information
- Right of entry and inspection
- Noise and quiet our information
- Termination expectations
- Parking details
- Insurance plans
- Attorney plans
- Lead notification requirements
- Assignment (and if it’s acceptable to sublease)
- Joint and several liability
The leasing agreement will go over what is expected to be paid by the tenant and the landlord. Usually, the tenant has to go through separate companies for their electric, water, phone, wifi, etc. If the tenant is unsure if they can pay their monthly utilities, independent companies will sometimes present estimates to the tenant if they request it. Once tenants get started using the utility company, they may be required to put down a deposit again that ensures all payments are complete by the end of the agreement.
If there is only one tenant, the lease agreement will go over when rent is to be paid each month. Typically a check is always accepted, but the landlord will specify if there are more ways to pay. For instance, more and more places allow card payment online or the option of automatically recurring payments. These automatic payments benefit both the landlord and their tenant!
If there is a co-tenant agreement, the lease will also outline if they should send two payments or one. Usually the landlord will want payment to be as easy as possible and will only require one check – then, it is the responsibility of the tenants to organize payment to each other and decide who turns in the check.
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