Unwinding in a place you can call home is a privilege when you find residence in a rental arrangement. Moving in to a room or portion of a house shared with the property owner and other tenants is never an easy task. Therefore make sure the following considerations are taken in to account to help you lock in the right place and live there with ease.
1. Inspection Prior to Moving In
In your initial visit to the room or annex, make sure you take your time in observing every nook and corner of the accommodation while also using the following as a checklist:
- Water pressure in the taps and shower, and any possible leaks
- How good the locks and bolts are
- Do the doors and windows open/close properly
- Any damages to the floor, tiles or walls
- Does the toilet flush
- Entry and exit ways
- Garden or backyard inspection
Yes, it might feel too monotonous to read but it can be your lifesaver if you run into disagreements with the landlord. So read all the clauses thoroughly, clarify any doubts and do an inventory check (if the accommodation comes with furniture and electronics) as well notify your landlord the state of the accommodation just before you move in. Failure to do so might result in you losing your deposit money over damages which were not caused due to your stay.
3. Regular Maintenance
A key factor many tenants forget is how routine maintenance and cleanliness is their responsibility. Ensure the place is thoroughly cleaned regularly to prevent causing long term damage to the property due to negligence. This might result in the owners incurring unexpected costs to restore the damage caused by neglect and you may lose some of your deposit money.