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What questions should I ask before I sign a lease?

Updated: May 29

If you are in the market for a new rental, make sure you jot down a list of questions that you want to ask prospective landlords. Here are some good ones to include. You may already have some of these on your list. Be sure to add questions that you feel are important to have answered before signing your lease!

A man is thinking about what questions he should ask before signing a lease
  • Are any utilities included?

  • What are the average utility costs here?

  • Who is responsible for lawn care?

  • What responsibilities will I have as a renter?

  • What responsibilities will you have as my landlord?

  • What appliances are included?

  • Can I have a pet?

  • What is your policy on overnight guests?

  • How do I report issues requiring maintenance?

  • How do I get in touch if there’s an emergency after hours?

  • What are the rules for renters?

  • If there is an HOA, what rules will I be expected to follow?

  • Do I need to pay extra to use any of the facilities here?

  • How many vehicles can I park?

  • How do I pay my rent?

  • How long is the lease term?

  • How much do you typically increase the rent each time a lease is renewed?

  • Should something happen that causes me to need to terminate the lease early, what would be my options and anticipated costs?

  • What changes can I make to the home?

  • What are the procedures for moving in and moving out?

  • What does it take for me to be approved as a renter?

  • What is the application process?

  • Are there any fees that I need to pay up front that are non-refundable?

  • Is renters insurance required?

By asking these questions before you sign a lease, you are setting yourself up for a smoother relationship between you as the renter and your landlord.

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