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Six Tips for Landlords

Renting out your home can turn out be a traumatic experience if not done correctly, so here are some pointers on how to go about it.

  1. Know your tenant(s) Always verify the antecedents of your tenant, and this includes both credit history as a criminal background check. You don’t want a tenant who can’t make the rent, and you definitely don’t want a known drug dealer using your premises for illegal activity, even if the rent they are offering to pay is too good to pass up. Even if your prospective tenant is not a criminal, check if there are any noise complaints against his/her name (try or – somebody who plays the music out loud and/or hosts parties where the guests inconvenience the neighbors might not go down well with the local residents.
  2. Ensure everything is mentioned in writing: The lease is a very important legal document that specifies when the monthly rent is due, whether you have the right to inspect your property during the period of the tenancy, and if yes, how much in advance a notice is to be given in this regard, who pays for damages, whether the tenant can install additional electrical fixtures or carry out structural modifications, how the security deposit is to be refunded (minus cost of repairs or that plus painting charges) et al.

    Also make sure everything is in full compliance with the law – in some states, it is the responsibility of the landlord to carry out repairs, and any clause in the contract stating that the tenant has to do it at his expense may expose you to an lawsuit. Even fighting a case in court is not cheap, given how much lawyers charge these days. Try this landlord and tenant law resource for USA. For Canadian provinces, there are plenty of resources online like this page for landlord and tenant information in Alberta.

  3. Repair: If it is your responsibility to effect repairs, do so without delay. This will only improve your relationship with the tenant, and make him/her less lethargic when it comes to paying the rent. Keep in mind that there is a major pitfall associated with delaying the process – if the tenant gets injured, he/she could sue you and that might turn out to be more expensive. Even if it is non-lethal or incapable of causing injuries, a broken door or window might let burglars in and your tenant might still sue you for not fixing it on time. If you have employed a manager to oversee the property, make sure he does his job thoroughly, leaving no cause for complaint. If you do not have a property manager, and cannot do repairs yourself, search for a handyman here.
  4. Make a full disclosure: If there are inherent environmental hazards, such as lead in the paint used on the walls, ensure that any prospective tenant is informed of this before he/she signs the lease. You could be held legally responsible for not doing so if your tenant develops medical problems on account of exposure to lead. Any structural weakness in the building too ought to be communicated well in advance.
  5. Protect yourself: There are now property insurance packages that cover you against damage caused by fire and storms, so you don’t have to be left worrying about how to honor the remainder of your rental agreement if something untoward happens. Some insurers cover the property against burglary and vandalism, and you might be able to pass the benefit on to your tenant. There is also liability insurance to protect you from lawsuits brought about by tenants in case of injuries.
  6. Be a friend: Irrespective of whatever dispute or disagreement your tenant may have with you regarding the property, it is always best to meet him/her in person and try to reconcile your differences amicably. If that does not lead to an understanding, you could attempt to arrive at a mutual settlement via a third party or a mediator. You should always keep lawyers and lawsuits out of your relationship with the tenant as that can only be counterproductive in the long run.
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Three Factors to Keep in Mind Before Signing the Lease

Looking to rent a house? Here are three things you need to do before signing the lease and moving in.

  1. Always read the fine print

    Going through the contract carefully can save you from a lot of trouble later. An ‘annual’ lease doesn’t necessarily have to run for 12 months, it could expire at the end of the year especially if you are renting out the property sometime around the beginning of the calendar year. If the duration is not mentioned in writing, make sure it is. It will ensure that you do not have to pay for expensive repairs later. There are cases where landlords promise to attend to certain issues, but go back on their promise after the tenant moves in. It can be harder holding him/her to his/her word if he/she moves to another state after you unpack your suitcases and settle in. Or if he/she lives in another area already. In such cases, ask if there is someone local who can take care of the repairs and/or act as a trusted liaison. Even if it is mentioned in the contract, out-of-station landlords sometimes tend to disbelieve their tenants when something crops up and needs to be fixed.Such instances sour the landlord-tenant relationship and you are advised to watch out for clauses that don’t exist. In addition, make sure it is legal. It several states it is the landlord’s responsibility to take care of rodent problems, so doing some research beforehand might help you be wary of clauses that may not be in compliance with the law.
  2. Do background checks on the landlord tooWhile landlords check the backgrounds of their prospective tenants, not many do the opposite. So ask around to know at least a little about the landlord.
  3. Take your timeThere is no need to rush in. You don’t want to sign the lease on what you think is an exciting place only to find later that the roof cannot accommodate your six-foot frame. Check everything, including flushing the toilets and turning the lights on, to ensure that they work. You might have visited the place in the noon and might have found it great. Try coming back at a time when there is a lower amount of light, such was when it is cloudy or raining or towards evening, and see if you still have the same opinion. Sometimes it is at this time that you will realize that there are not enough windows. Also come back at night to get a feel of the neighborhood – if this is where you are going to be living in, you don’t want to get mugged while returning home late. Rental prices may also surge during the weekends when there are several people coming in to look. The prices may be lower over the week, so patience will pay if you can take some time off work and come during the week.
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Creature Comforts: DIY Tips to Turn Your Rental Home Into Your Perfect Retreat

Living in a rental home can bring to mind several worries and terrifying thoughts of losing your deposit if something goes wrong. For most renters, this comes with the baggage of spending their whole rented experience living in a space that never really feels like you. The good news is, as long as you are able to return everything to their original condition – flawless and pristine – by the time you leave, your landlord is not likely to be against a few added decorations. If you are thinking about hanging a poster of your favorite band, bringing in a new wall shelf or redefining the whole kitchen – with the right know-how, anything is possible.

Redefine Your Home Environment

Creativity is your keyword in changing your surroundings – if the walls aren’t your style, how about adding a few vinyl stickers to spice things up? They come off easy, and with a good quality sticker – you don’t have to worry about damaging the walls. The best part? Vinyl stickers are seriously cheap and can completely change the tone of the room. So say goodbye to dull walls, and hello to waking up under a beautiful tree with birds singing on the branches. And it doesn’t stop there.

  • Change the Dining Table: Don’t like the same boring dining table that you are sure came from the discount section of the nearby hardware story? No worries! How about bringing in a solid sheet and decorating it with anything you like? Wood panels, beads, stray tiles – anything you want is up for grabs. Before you place your new handiwork on to the table, get some adhesive clicks and attach it to the four corners of your base model. The adhesive will come off easily when it is time to remove – and voila! A whole new table. This trick works for changing almost any flat surface, as long as you ensure that adhesives will on it.
  • Adding New Storage Space: Whether you want a new cabinet in the kitchen, a shelf on the wall to store your books or just some extra room to keep clothes on – with just a plank of wood, it is completely doable. Find the design you want, bring adhesives home (adhesives will be your savior) and carefully attach it to your plank of wood. Now align against whatever surface you want and pop it in place. You will need a higher quality adhesive to ensure the paint on the wall doesn’t chip, or that your new decoration does not come crashing down when you least expect it.
  • Making Your Own Rug: For you penny pinchers – it is entirely possible to make your own cushion covers or rugs. All you need is a little patience, a small investment for the raw materials and the desire to add color to your home. For the cushion cover, it is as simple as getting a layout, cutting out the right proportions and sewing everything into place. For an added discount, try buying the filling and insert it directly into the cover instead of buying cushions. For the rug, it all depends on the style you want. If you want a nifty braided rug, all you have to do is buy the basic material and braid it into place. For a woolen rug, opt for the kind of wool you find in any hardware store – even the sort used for making sweaters will do. Knot the ends of the pieces you want to work and attach it to somewhere secure. Now all you have to do is keep braiding until you reach the end. Never try to do this with one gigantic knot for a rug – rather, consider attaching the ends with either a strong glue or if you like, more braiding.
  • Bring Pictures in For Nostalgia: No posters? No problem. A tip that works for posters as well as pictures – for a creative effect, attach a string from one of the room to the other, preferably along a wall. Find clips that suit your style and just hang everything. It adds a touch of color to the room and reminds of everything that inspires you.

Using the mind and working the hands are the solution to almost any of life’s problems, especially rental related ones. Spark your fire, come up with new ideas or just browse the internet for a million more! You’ll draw inspiration from websites like Pintrest and Houzz. You never have to live in a home that doesn’t define who you are, and with these tips, even rental homes can become your creative domain.

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Four Things You Need to Know Before Refurbishing Your Rented Home

Now that you have found the perfect place to rent for the year, don’t you want to spice things up a little bit? Who likes bare walls and an empty home? Seriously, a few posters here and there shouldn’t hurt… right? Wait. Unless you want to blow a big dent out of your deposit, you need to consider things carefully before making your new home an expression of you. If you happen to accidentally leave a few marks, add a wall hanging through DIY-ing your own nail board or place a vase next to a place that has an established mold problem, your landlord probably won’t be too happy about it. But there has to be a way to get your home the way you want, and here is what you need to know before you start redefining your rented living experience.

How to Decorate Your Home Without Getting in Trouble

Depending on what you want to add, it could either be extremely simple or rather complicated. If your home doesn’t have a working Wi-Fi all across it, then your landlord probably won’t mind you approaching an internet service provider to get that set up. Whether you want to leave it behind for the next grateful renter or take it with you when you move is completely up to you, but discussing it with your landlord might be a good idea. But for other thing, like adding furniture, wall paintings or basic refurbishing might be more difficult. Here are four things you need to be aware of before you get started:

  • Make the Kitchen Your Domain: Often, a rented home might not have a really beautiful kitchen. Being one of the easiest rooms to redecorate, it could ideally be the best place to start. If your kitchen is small and you feel as if you don’t have enough space to store your culinary delights, consider getting magnetic or adhesive racks to make more space. Asking the landlord is a good idea, but usually such hooks come off easy and before you leave, all you need to do is take them off and carry them with you.
  • Wall Decorations: Adhesive hooks aren’t just for the kitchen. If you are willing to spend a little, get strong hooks that can sustain your wall decorations. Never put up your posters without these – they might leave a scar. In the worst case, your poster could take with a bit of the paint when you remove it and your landlord would not be happy about that. You could even add a string and tack on your pictures or photos with cloth hanging clips for a cool effect. Vinyl is a wonderful invention that lets you add beautiful decorations that you can take off when you feel like. Get some vinyl stickers designed to not tear at the walls, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful wall decoration.
  • Changing Fixtures: Talk to your landlord first about changing things in the rented home that are irreversible. Adding or removing a carpet, changing the bulbs to more energy sustaining ones or even adding a washing machine or other appliances are doable. Usually, if the money is coming out of your pocket and the end result is a great job for the house, your landlord would not prohibit you from making those changes. For bigger changes, like bringing your own couch – ask the landlord if you can store the ones in the house in a safe storage box until you move and remember to bring it back to its original location before you move.
  • Bathroom Blues: A perfect bathroom makes for a happy mind. Add new hangers for your clothes, change the toilet seat or the shower head; maybe even add a new carpet on the floor so you don’t slip (a very good idea), and you have got yourself a bathroom of your choice.

The most important thing when it comes to customizing your home is ensuring that the landlord is okay with it. Talk to them, ensure that they are okay – if they aren’t, tell them that there won’t be any leftover marks. As long as you ensure that you take good care to return the rental place to its original state before moving out, you can rest assured that your deposit will be safe as well.

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What you Should Know Before Becoming a Landlord

If you have extra properties you have invested in, but one necessarily lives there, chances are that renting it out could give you a consistent source of income. Renting out a property involves a lot of work – you have to meet potential renters, ensure their needs are met and make sure everything is in working order in the property in question. You need to know the ins and outs of the property, right down to where every single light switch is. You need to know how to fix things if something breaks, and always provide the highest quality you can to the people that choose to rent there.

What is a landlord expected to do?

A landlord’s life is never easy – from attending to the needs of the renter, to having to hop out at a moment’s notice should something go wrong, a landlord is the lifeblood of the rented place.

  • Main port of call: Being a landlord is much like a day job. You may have to work long hours, even when there is no one renting the property. Every home needs regular maintenance, and it is up to you to take care of the property come rain or shine. From going to collect rent, to ensuring that everything is in working order, you never know when you might be called out. A broken light, a leaky faucet, a refrigerator that will not work – the renter will always come to you as their first port of call. Depending on whether you choose to fix any household repairs they require yourself, or employ a professional – the decision is always up to you.
  • Job description: A landlord’s job is best handled by someone who is self sufficient and resourceful. You may have to negotiate, be a gardener, a plumber, a mechanic, a therapist, a supervisor and sometimes even a guardian. A point that becomes extremely important when you are renting out to students – they will usually look to you for advice. Students and first time renters who do not really know what to expect are more likely to depend on you, turning your role into one that requires social intelligence and understanding. On that note, you would need to be aware of the kind of people you are renting to – always make sure you ask for documents and if possible, do a background check on prospective renters.
  • Rules and regulations: To prevent people from arbitrarily doing whatever they please, such evicting renters without prior notice, the government has instituted legal guidelines that must be by landlords at all times. From rules on how to handle the renter’s security deposit, to conditions under which you can evict them, legal guidelines also demand a clean, livable environment free from insects and infestations.
  • Learning as you grow: There are tips and tricks to being a landlord that may not be known to you immediately, but that you will grow to understand as you keep working. From knowing what kind of people make proper tenants to developing personal relationships with them, each landlord is different. The experience of the renter in your property is largely dependent on you, and you may have to learn a lot more about cleaning and modeling a house than you initially expected.

A landlord’s life can be a very happy and satisfactory one. If you take pride in providing a home for a person, and knowing that they are able to enjoy a sense of security and peace of mind because of you – then you will know for sure that a landlord’s job, though not easy, is extremely gratifying.

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Four Things You Should Know Before Signing Your Lease

Renting a home is usually a rite of passage almost everyone goes through at some point in their lives. While the vast majority of people experience normal to pleasant interactions with their landlords and face absolutely no problems with their rental agreements, other people can face nightmares. Unfortunately there are some people out there in the world who will take advantage of you if they can, and the best way to combat that is to know your rights when it comes to rental agreements. Everyone needs a home, and you need to know that you are safe and secure in that venue to feel like it is a home.

Four things to keep in mind before signing a lease

It is important to remember that until you sign your lease, you are free to discuss and negotiate with the landlord. But once that lease in signed, you will have to accept the rental place for what it is. For example, say there was a broken lock or a broken window. Ask to get hose fixed before you sign the lease to ensure that you are moving in to a place both comfortable and hassle free. Here are four other things to keep in mind before signing your lease:

  • Read the fine print: It does not matter if you trust your landlord explicitly or you think you are too tired to read your rental agreement – you must absolutely check and recheck everything in it. Make sure everything is inputted properly and ask for clarification for anything you do not understand. Rental agreements also mention what kind of bills you will be paying for that place, so make sure those are right. You do not want to move into a place thinking that you do not have to pay the water or internet bills only to find out that you do have to pay after all. Most importantly, no written and signed contract means no lease. You should never base your decision to move on a verbal contract, because frankly, there is no such thing as a verbal rental contract. For your own security, insist on a written contract and keep your own signed copy of it.
  • Make sure everything is in paper: Have a mold infestation in your home and bought the hardware goods yourself? Keep the receipt and show it to your landlord to get money back for it. If you have asked him to fix a light around the house, ask him to write it down so there is an existing proof of the agreement between you two. Especially important if they said they would fix something after you sign the lease, make sure they write down that they will do it. Besides, keep all written records of your stay there, especially you rental receipts.
  • Ask about lease termination: Most rental leases last the whole length of the term, usually one year before they have to be renewed. While some rental leases can be renewed automatically, others require you to consult the landlord. In some places you need to inform the landlord within a stipulated time frame whether you are moving or not, to not incur a fine. It is better to know exactly what policies regarding lease termination your landlord follows before signing the agreement.
  • Check to see how you can decorate: If you want to hang up a picture or your favorite poster from home, there is a chance your landlord might not be too happy about it. In most places, you can hang up decorative accessories as long you return everything to the state it was in when you first moved in. It is much safer to know from before than to risk losing money from your deposit fee.

Moving into a new place can be stressful, especially depending on how much luggage you have. Make sure above all else that you can actually fit into an apartment. Checking out the location at night is a good way of knowing if the locality is secure. If you are renting in an apartment building, remember to ask what the community policies are to not risk inadvertently making a mistake.

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How Much Money From your Paycheck Should you Allocate for Rent

If you are out of college or school, just starting off by yourself and have to find a new place on your own, you will have to create a budget. Unless your company pays for your accommodation, which is quite rare, you have to make ends meet with rent, food, utilities, travel, and have some left over for savings. Rent will probably be the biggest chunk of money leaving your hands regularly at the start of every month, so it makes sense to chart it out effectively. If your job pays by the week, you have a lot of planning to do.

Getting to the rent, it is quite obvious that the more you pay, the bigger and better your home will be, things like location and the distance from work also factor in to this. If you get a cheap place far from work, you will be stuck traveling everyday which costs time and money. If you find an apartment close to the office, it may save you on time, but the rents may be excessive. Finding the right balance is key. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when allocating rent in accordance to your cash inflows.

Can you afford it?

Before deciding on how much rent you can spend, you will need to first calculate how much you can afford. There is no set rule on this calculation as there are too many variables in the equation. It is generally accepted by financial experts that the money put in rent should not exceed 30% of monthly income. That should give you a general idea on money amount you can safely spend.

Make room for utilities

In some cases, utilities like electricity, water, maintenance and gas may not be included or there may be set payments to make every month, so factor those in as well.

Location, location, location

It is almost a cliché now, but where you live has an effect not only on rent, but also lifestyle. Simple things like markets, malls, schools, restaurants, and offices can make a big difference over time. Having such conveniences within arm’s reach is often reason enough to shell out a few more bucks every month. You may not even need to drive or take the train to work.

Size matters

Some people feel cramped in small spaces, others feel lost in big spaces, so you need to get an apartment that matches your personality. Do you need a spare bedroom? How many bathrooms do you want? Will a small studio be enough? What about family, are you planning on expanding it? These are just some of the questions that you will have to consider while thinking about how big or small a space you prefer.

All of these things can change if you get a better job, land a promotion or see a sudden spike in your career, but it can also work the other way around. So being careful about rent is a bit more important than finding a dream home.

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Four Tips to Make Your Rental Home More Energy Efficient

Moving into a rented home usually means that your hands are mostly tied with the changes you can introduce to your new place. If the landlord has already installed a pre-paid electricity or water supply system, then you would have to continue using that whether you like it or not. Similarly, you do not really have any control over which companies supply power to your home, or which services service providers you prefer. While you are renting, the basic idea is to ensure that once you move out, the rented place can once again resemble exactly what you saw when you decided to rent. But that does not mean that you cannot control your budget by making your home more energy efficient while you live there.

How do you make your rented home more energy efficient?

Making big changes is probably impossible unless your landlord agrees to before, and you should never add to or remove anything from the house before consulting them first. Failure to do so could cause problems with your tenancy agreement. Here is a list of four things you could do to make your home more energy efficient without making big adjustments:

  • Energy efficient lightbulbs: Replacing the existing bulbs around the house with the slightly more expensive, but cheaper in the long run energy efficient bulbs could go a long way towards cutting down the electricity bill. A change you can do by yourself, you could always unscrew, remove and take with you your energy efficient bulbs when you decide to leave your rented home. Before replacing any bulbs in the house with energy efficient bulbs, it is always a good idea to consult the landlord first.
  • Clean the refrigerator: No matter what else we can switch on or off, the refrigerator always stays on. It is also one of the major electricity consuming appliances in your home, and with just a little effort, you can get it to work brilliantly at reduced electricity costs. Regularly cleaning the refrigerator, especially the coils at the back can help it run better without the need to consume too much electricity.
  • Appliances: Choosing to avoid using certain appliances, like a dryer or the oven can go a long way in reducing energy bills and making your home energy efficient. Opting to cook meals in the microwave instead of the oven on a regular basis can greatly reduce energy costs. An indoor hanging rack to dry clothes may take a little longer than a dryer, but greatly reduce electricity consumption.
  • Reduce heat related costs: Come winter, one of the biggest bills you can expect is related to keeping your house warm and liveable in the cold. Insulating yourself and making small tweaks around your existing setup to trap heat can reduce the need to keep your heater on for longer periods of time. Check to ensure that no drafts can get inside the house by closing those spaces with newspaper or plastic.
    Cutting down on electricity, water and gas bills are always a boon to the budget. These tips should help you make the small changes you need in order to make your rental home more energy efficient.
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Four Things Every Student Should Know Before Renting

Life as a student can take a turn for the worse without the right kind of accommodation. If you have a bad landlord, a faulty tenancy agreement or find yourself stuck somewhere you seriously dislike, you could have to live there for your full student year. Whether you are stepping out of your house for the first time, or returning as a postgraduate, there are some things it pays to do research on. Aside from what your actual rent is, you could be facing additional charges, especially through utility bills or money cut from your security deposit. Everyone has their own specifications when looking for a place to rent. Here is a list of four things you should know about before deciding whether your new student accommodation is the perfect place for you.

Decide on Your Student Accommodation

Every student knows the essential parts of the renting process: find a place with available accommodation for the term, either through your University or by yourself. If you are renting with the University, then a large part of your student life just got easier. But renting by yourself, or with a group of friends can be an amazing experience as well. For those people looking into renting a student home, here are four tips to help you on your way:

  • Landlords: Most landlords know exactly what they are doing, and very often you will find a helpful soul committed to giving you an amazing renting experience. Online reviews, testimonials and talking to past tenants can all help you better understand whether your landlord makes living somewhere worth it or not. In case your University or a Housing Organization offers lists of student home’s with trusted landlords, choosing from there would always be a better option. Remember you have responsibilities as a tenant as well, and you should always prioritize paying your rent in time.
  • Making sure everything is in order: You should start that by photographing everything should you find a place you decide to rent. Everything from cracks in the walls, to existing stains on your kitchen counters should be photographed to avoid money being cut off from your deposit fee. Make sure that any and all electrical appliances you bring in can work properly in your new home. For people thinking about bringing in powerful laptops, TV’s, music systems and other gadgets, this is definitely something to consider. Also ensure that all the existing appliances in the house – light fixtures, the refrigerator, the bathroom – everything is in perfect working order before deciding on a place.
  • Your lease: It is important to remember that most leases last the length of a term, so you will have to live in whichever accommodation you choose for that year. Read your tenancy agreement very carefully, and make sure you are comfortable with everything it says. It is always a good idea to ask questions, and as long as you are being polite, a landlord should have no problems. Your Rights as guaranteed by your country cannot be overridden by any private agreement between you and your landlord. Remember to ask your landlord the exact dates when rent is due, and ask him about past utility bills. Knowing about this is especially important in ensuring that you do not have to pay a previous tenant’s electricity or gas bill. Also it could help you gauge whether you are financially comfortable paying your utility bills in your new home. Finally, in case you or your landlord changes your mind before signing the tenancy agreement, any deposit that was given before should be refundable. Especially in situations where the landlord changed their mind, you can expect a full refund of your deposit.
  • Location: Cheaper accommodation is always better for a student. But sometimes, cheaper accommodation drives up traveling expenses and puts you far away from everything that is happening in student hotspots. Depending on the rental location, many student housings further away from University will have cheaper rents. Knowing the location and its history is important to ensure you do not end up in a dangerous area. Many students are often the targets of robberies, so good, strong doors that lock well and make you feel safe are important. If you do not like the lock on your home, ask the landlord if it can be made stronger before signing the tenancy agreement.

Once you have everything done, and are absolutely comfortable with most parts of your new student accommodation, you can comfortably sign your lease. Doing your own research instead of opting for a letting agent could also save you a lot of money. As long as you follow these tips, you should have a basic idea of what to consider when choosing your new student home.

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Four Benefits of Choosing a Rented House Close to the City

Having a house away from the city is comparatively cheaper, but it does have certain disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage being the extra expenditure of transportation costs. In some places you may even find areas without a supermarket, making your weekly groceries haul a troublesome affair. City utilities generally refer to the facilities that make life easier for us, such as railways, an active bus route or even a hospital. It is important to consider the potential benefits and disadvantages of staying in a place not well connected to the city.

You should carefully assess all the expenses you might have to incur due to staying away from the city. They could be related to factors like safety and security, availability to medical services and food. Remember that there could be added costs involved with living in an area with less rent.

What are the advantages of renting close to city utilities?

Here is what you should consider when selecting a rented place to stay:

  • Transportation: Among the most affordable and easiest ways of traveling in a city is public transportation. Even if you own a car and use it regularly, knowing that you can rely on city services in case your car breaks down, is definitely a benefit to consider. Statistics show that using public transportation can massively cut down on transportation related expenses. Access to facilities like a bus stop or a train station could ease a lot of daily hassles. Not only would it greatly cut down on time needed to travel as you drive through slow-moving traffic, it would also ensure steady access even in times of crisis.
  • Medical facilities: You never know when a medical emergency can crop up, which explains the importance of having quick access to medical facilities. Living near at least a small nursing home or a clinic is recommended for older people or those who require regular medical help. In addition to this, having a medical store close to your house is definitely something to consider.
  • Food: No one wants to haul over bags full of groceries back home on a crowded bus or train. Having a supermarket close to the house is important in reducing the time, effort as well as money spent in shopping. For people living further away, it may get essential to have a car to be able to manage weekly grocery hauls. Shopping for food is one of the most vital routines in a household, and you should consider living near to at least one place where you could shop for groceries.
  • Café’s and restaurants: A locality that has good restaurants or eateries is one where you can not just satisfy your hunger, but also meet other people. Takeaways are an excellent option, especially if you do not cook regularly, so having an eatery close to your rented place can always help. Such facilities also add a touch of color to the locality and call for lively interactions with the community.
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Top Five Things to Consider Before Deciding on a Place to Rent

Finding a new place to stay can be a headache, and nothing is worse than moving into a new home only to discover that it will not do after all. Humid houses with a mold problem, old accounts that have not been settled and bug infestations are some of the things that can completely break a good rental deal. Before you sign your lease, you need to make sure to double check that everything is in perfect order for after you decide to move in. Here is a list of five things you should definitely consider before deciding on your new home:

  • Make note of existing damages: Even if you were not responsible for any prior damages to the place, you could find yourself facing a harsh reduction in your deposit fee. If the landlord finds something damaged after you sign your lease, you could be held liable. Carefully assess every part of the house, and take pictures to ensure that you have proof in case you are asked to pay. If you find a flaw while assessing, make sure to bring it to your landlord’s notice so they can fix it before you sign your lease. Make sure you do not customize the house before getting approval from the landlord first. That nifty new painting you just hung up could leave a hole in the wall that could cause a hole in your pocket.
  • Know exactly what your rent covers: Different rent packages come with different offers. Some landlords only take the rent and leave the utilities to you, but some offer packages that include some or all utilities. Your water bill, internet bill and even your electricity and gas bill could be covered by your rent depending on the package. Sometimes, these packages are limited –if you live in an apartment building where everyone gets the same TV channels, then upgrading that could prove to be difficult.
  • The binding lease: Once you sign your lease, you are bound to stay at that place until the lease expires. You could move out into a new place, but you would still have to keep paying the rent on your lease until the term period ends. Carefully reading the lease-termination section of your agreement is important. Information such as the notice period you would have to provide before renewing your lease are available and could put you in an advantageous position when negotiating.
  • Negotiating rent: Lease agreements can be flexible depending on your needs. You are allowed to ask your landlord to improve upon a fixture, change appliances, reduce rent, or add to or subtract from the terms of the rental agreement. Be polite, ask questions and find out as much as you can about the place and ensure that you will have a pleasant living experience in your new home.
  • A contract in writing: Absolutely nothing is official until you carefully read and sign your rental agreement. Never move into a new house before signing, and ensure that all the terms you negotiated over your house is a part of the written deal. Any new amenities you wanted, any and all upgrades, pre-existing damages you do not want responsibility for and the rental price are all important information that should be a part of the written agreement.

The key to a stress-free shift into a new rented place is to make sure you have done your background check and there are no unpleasant surprises waiting for you in your new home.

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Before You Rent – Four Must-do’s

If you’re thinking of renting a house, you already now that it is a potential minefield. There are many things that could go wrong, but there are steps to ensure that you, and your landlord, are both protected when you enter into a lease agreement. Your landlord will probably be able to keep their side of the bargain by setting up a thorough lease agreement, and you should keep yours by doing your own due diligence.

Here are a couple of things you can do to ensure that your rental experience goes as smoothly as possible.

Get your paperwork ready

If you’ve spoken to a landlord and found a house you’ve liked, you’re likely to start getting ready to sign the lease. Your landlord, though, probably wants to know more about you. A landlord will probably want to look at a credit score report, review a couple of references and may even want a statement from your bank. You can help speed the process up by having these documents ready to go before you settle on a house. You’ll get to signing that lease faster, and your landlord will appreciate your preparedness.

Read your lease

This sounds basic, but it’s astonishing how many people only give their lease agreements a cursory glance. Read every line of your lease, and discuss it with your landlord. This may take time, but you’ll be thankful for it later. Ensuring that the terms and conditions of your rental are crystal clear from the get go will ensure that both you and your landlord face no problems a few months into the rental. Iron out details like when rent is due, how much the rent is, damage costs, pet policy before you sign the lease.

Security deposits

Like your paperwork, keep your security deposits ready. Research the area where you plan on renting and figure out what people generally pay as a deposit, and see if you can set the money aside. Though your actual deposit may be different from the amount you set aside, it won’t be very off, and you’ll be able to cut your landlord a check quickly.

Knowing about security deposits is also good so that you have an idea as to what a fair deposit is. This knowledge will help you manage your expectations of cost, and enable you to negotiate with your landlord if the deposit happens to be uncharacteristically high. Figure out if there is a holding deposit as well, and set aside some money for that so that a unit you really like doesn’t get rented out to someone else.

Inspect, inspect, inspect

Before you rent your home, always inspect it. Inspections can help you understand exactly what type of property you’re leasing, and identify problems, if any. If there are issues, identify them and make a list so that your landlord knows you didn’t cause them, and work out a plan for your landlord to work on those issues. Conducting an inspection with your landlord ensures that you’re both aware of the status of the house before you move in, and ensures that you both have a benchmark on how to leave it when you move out.

This simple, careful steps will enable you to rent a house with your eyes wide open, ensuring that you get the best deal you can. Your landlord will thank you for it too, because careful and educated renters who are aware of their rights are good tenants.

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amazing,serene, private; quiet; $800/mo; amenities++; serious inquiries only!

ABSOLUTE BEAUTY!! SINGLE PERSON, Homeowner wants to share home.Your area of house is ALL YOURS!! ENTIRE(!) 2nd FLOOR!! MANY CUSTOMIZED UPGRADES; shared:main kitchen, oven/stove/convection oven/microwave in main kitchen; LAUNDRY ROOM-W/D; GARAGE W-/REMOTE. I live downstairs.. Quiet neighborhood. OPEN FLOOR PLAN; 1400+ SF; has loft(14x20ft) w 2 sky lights; 2 BEDROOMS, full PRIVATE bath w new fixtures and plate glass dressing mirror attached to wall with same over vanity; has large SUNKEN bonus room WITH VAULTED CEILING(16 x 26 ft).; large closets with walk ins; 3 ceiling fans, extra large closet in hall 4×9 ft; SEPARATE central heat/air system (3.5 tons ALL YOURS SEP. FROM MINE) with new digital (personal/separate) controls; HD TV/streaming/digital/analog/movies++/many channels local and more; high speed i net wi fi ready, kitchenette (REAL STONE TILE top of cabinets)FROST FREE frig/freezer, CENTRAL VACUUM; NEAR NEW carpet, flooring, paint, private home (no house behind-common grounds / 11+ pasture/park; MONITORED, ONLY RESIDENTS!) BEAUTIFUL/SERENE; garage entrance or can use front door as private entrance; yard, rocking chair porch, sundeck; SECURITY CAMERAS; 2 pools, playground, cabana, NON SMOKER, no kids, NO pets; moral adult home; references, stable employment w/ ability to afford rent and utilities ($225 MAX); deposit 200$ non refundable; .This is my personal home. 800$/mo, 1 yr lease; home owner takes care of yard. deposit to hold, with 1st months lease upon moving in; VERY NICE WILL NOT LAST, QUIET PRIVATE!! NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU WILL LOVE(!) will NOT find anything, anywhere in Nashville like this for the rent!! ; NON SMOKER, TY, for your taking your time to read…just did search on i net for Nashville area for apts $800/mo. you get 756SF! that’s all. THIS ONE IS 1400+ SF-ALL YOURS, NOT SHARED! THIS WILL GO SOON!! call 615.364.7081. AVAILABLE July 1st

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12 castlegrove boulevard

Rental inquiries please contact us at 416.447.0425 Priced from $1,495 per month plus utilities.

Suite Features

2,3 & 4 bedroom floorplans available Recently renovated units including new doors and windows Quiet living in a predominantly single family residential neighbourhood Good working space in kitchen area Full size fridge and stove Full basements great for storage or play areas Laundry hook-ups for full size washer and dryer in basement Backyard area, some offering private spaces – great for barbecuing Outdoor parking for residents and guests Resident manager on site 24 hr. emergency service Major intersection: Don Mills and Lawrence

Located in a quiet residential area, these large town homes offer tranquility as well as convenience.

Minutes from grocery stores and local conveniences. The Shops at Don Mills is located nearby where you will find best in class stores, restaurants and services Local elementary schools are a short walk away and a community centre is located just across the street. Close proximity to access the DVP and public transit.

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bach, 1, 2, 3 bedroom

Graydon Hall Apartments on 20 Graydon Hall Drive is conveniently located in North York. Beautifully situated on 6 park-like acres. Huge 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent combined with a quick five minute walk to elementary and high schools makes Graydon Hall the choice destination for family living. Public transit at the door allows residents quick access to Sheppard, York Mills and Pape subway stations. Minutes from major highways 401, 404, and The Don Valley Parkway makes moving around the city quick and convenient. Direct access to Graydon Hall Park, Don Valley Park with miles of hiking and cycling trails. Picnic areas and playgrounds are all within a short walk. Community Centers, libraries, golf course, sports facilities are all with-in walking distance. North York’s Fairview Mall just 1 ˝ km north. Combine all of this with the spectacular views of the downtown skyline, friendly on-site staff, strict maintenance standards, and on-site convenience store and you have a recipe for an apartment rental building you and your family will be proud to call home.

Welcome to Devonshire Properties. Welcome home: A leader in providing quality rental apartments since 1959, Devonshire has managed and owned homes in Canada’s most convenient and desirable cities. Our guiding philosophy of putting people first ensures that clients and residents receive exceptional service. No matter which part of the country you call home, we are committed to finding an outstanding apartment perfect for you.

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