Below are some Tenant FAQs :
Why do I have to pay an Application Fee?
We run a comprehensive background check as part of the application process in effort to provide the best possible environment for all of our tenants. The application fee covers the time and services necessary to gather this information.
My landlord gave me a written lease but it does not include their earlier verbal promise to replace certain items. Can I rely on his verbal promise?
No. Do not rely on a prior verbal agreement with the landlord. To make it legally binding the agreement/promise must be written into the lease and initialed by all parties.
Can the landlord charge me more because I have a pet?
Yes. The landlord may charge extra rent and/or a non-refundable pet fee in exchange for allowing you to keep a pet on the property. The landlord may also charge more for some breeds or sizes of pets, or may prohibit pets completely.
Does the landlord have to re-paint the property before I move in?
No. The landlord has no obligation to paint a unit each time it is rented.
What Utilities are Tenants responsible to pay?
Please refer to your Rental Agreement (lease) to find out what utilities you are responsible for paying. All utilities you are responsible for must be switched into your name on or before the first day you occupy the property.
Can my landlord come into my property periodically just to check its condition?
Yes. Many rental agreements give the landlord the right to enter the property for inspections to see if the tenant is complying with his/her obligations, to make necessary repairs, to put out a “for rent” or “for sale” sign, or to show it to prospective tenants or buyers. Entry should be at reasonable times and with reasonable notice given to the tenant. Check your Rental Agreement (lease) for more information.
What needs to be done when I move out?
The rental property must be returned in the same or better condition than it was when the tenant first took possession. It is important to thoroughly clean the entire property to avoid losing any of your security deposit. Your Rental Agreement may require the tenant to have all carpets professionally cleaned at the conclusion of your lease. Please check your Rental Agreement (lease) for further information.
Can the landlord raise the rent during the term of my lease?
No. Unless the lease states otherwise, you are guaranteed the agreed-upon monthly rent for the term of the lease. With this agreement you are also guaranteeing the landlord you will pay the agreed-upon rent in full and on time.
Can I terminate my lease within 30 days’ notice to the landlord?
No. If your Rental Agreement provides for a definite termination date you are obligated for the entire lease term even if you have a good reason for leaving, such as illness or a job transfer. If you leave early, and the landlord is unable to re-rent your property, they may sue you for the unpaid rent and damages. They may also file a negative credit report against you.