How to Rent a Home

Hi. I’m Candy Harris, a realtor for Century 21 Town and Country. When choosing a housing accommodation, one may buy a property: a house or condo. They may live with family, or they may choose to lease an apartment or a condo or a home. When deciding to lease a property, you need to consider the …..

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costs of doing that. There would be the monthly rent, and you would also have utilities. Heat most of the time would be separate, but sometimes may be included. Electricity is separate. Phone is separate. High-speed internet, cable TV, water may or may not be included in your rent. Lawn. You need to ask are you responsible for taking care of the lawn. Are you responsible for removing the snow? And are you responsible for repairs?

When you find a house that you want to lease or a condo or an apartment, you need to know what would be involved in moving in. Typically, you would pay the first month’s rent. And then in the state of Michigan, a landlord is entitled to up to one and a half (1 ½ ) month’s security deposit which is to be used towards damages. It’s not for the last month’s rent. When you’re leasing, you can lease on a month-to-month basis or you can lease for a year. Many rentals will require at least a year lease. Then you need to ask about the rules of the rental. May you have pets? What is … what are the parking accommodations? How many vehicles? How many occupants can occupy the property?

If you find a house, or a condo, or apartment you want to lease, typically the landlord will want to see two copies of your latest pay stubs, or how you’re going to be paying the rent. Typically, the landlord will want a credit report. You can get a free credit report online for yourself and just provide that to the landlord and here’s an example. And things that would be on that would be things like your debt, if you’ve had a bankruptcy, if you’ve been in any legal … like a … foreclosures or anything like that.

You’d be asked to fill out an application and they’ll ask for references and your financial information, the number of occupants and so forth that will be living in the property. Then you will be asked to sign a lease which is a legal agreement which spells out the duties and rights of the tenant and the duties and rights of the landlord.

In the state of Michigan you’re required to fill out an inventory at the beginning of your lease which would tell what damages there are … already are in the property or anything that you want noted when you move in on the property. That protects you as a tenant when you move out so you’re not charged for something that you didn’t do. So here’s a copy of the inventory. You would indicate such things like the condition of the carpeting, the windows, the appliances, the floors, the paint, and so forth.
Leasing is a good way to start out if you don’t have money for a down payment or if you have credit that’s not stellar, or if you just aren’t in a position to purchase something or maybe you will be relocating in a short while, leasing is a good option for you.

I’m Candy Harris, realtor for Century 21 Town and Country. I love homework.

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