Renting your apartment can turn out to be a very good experience or quite a bad one too. Everything depends upon how good, honest and dependable your landlord is. So before choosing your new apartments in salt lake city, follow the basic rules of intelligent renting:
Make a compromise on the price. Although renting rates are not always negotiable, you can always ask the landlord if you feel they are high without any loss. You’ll find many landlords helpful on the issue. You may ask your additional costs like pet rents and parking rents to be waived off. But if you are specifically looking for decreased rent, apply for a longer term with same landlord. People respect a long-term relationship and you may get added benefits out of it.
Get in contact with your potential neighbors. Talking to the tenants who already live there will help you get a clearer picture of how your life is going to be like in your new apartment. You can also avoid a lot of problems that the previous tenants have faced already. Ask them how good the maintenance service is, how fast the landlord responds to a problem, or anything unusual that you should be aware of, etc.
Check the written documents for the apartment and keep them safe. Make sure everything is made legally clear, otherwise ask for specific clarifications to be added in lease/rental agreement. All rental agreements or leases should be in writing. Read it thoroughly and make sure you understand it completely. If there is any language you do not understand, ask a reliable person to explain it to you. If your landlord does not give you a copy, it is important to request one; your agreement is the only evidence of your legal tenancy and is designed to protect both parties’ rights. If circumstances may arise to force you to break your lease agreement then make sure that this argument is included in your agreement. If you want some maintenance or repair work done prior to renting the apartment, ask it to be included in your agreement along with a completion date.
Honesty with your landlord will go a long way. If you are unable to pay your rent in time, make your landlord understand the situation. Don’t lie about things and put your reputation with your landlord in jeopardy. If you want your landlord’s help when you have a problem you’re more likely to get it if there’s trust, and trust comes from being honest. Additionally, take care of the unit you’re renting. If you accidentally damage anything, own up to it. When you move out, restore the unit to the way it looked (or better) than what it was when you moved in. In general, if you’re good, honest, and treat the rental property with respect, you’ll be in a much better position to get help or be on higher ground if there’s a problem.