Touring the Rental
While it’s easy to feel excited and rushed when you’re touring a rental, the most important thing is to TAKE YOUR TIME! The initial tour is often the only time that you’ll be able to look at a rental before you sign the lease, and so make sure that you’re asking yourself questions like:
- Are there any structural deficiencies or excessive mold?
- Are all of the advertised appliances present and working?
- Is the building structurally sound? Is there anything that seems like it has the potential to be unsafe or unhealthy?
- For fire safety information and a home inspection checklist, visit Western's Environmental Health and Safety Department website.
- You can also check out Fire Science Online: Fire Safety & Education for College Students.
- Is there a window in every bedroom that can open for escape in case of fire?
- How much are utilities in the winter?
- Do the locks work properly on the windows and doors?
- Is there off-street parking available? Is the rental close to any public transit lines or stores?
If you are looking at a lot of different rentals, it can be tough to remember the specifics of the place. You can find a helpful checklist HERE.
Additionally, there are a few things that you should look out for in your dealings with your potential property manager or landlord:
- Are they professional and do they ask for a completed application? This shows they care about their rental!
- Are they easy to contact? If they’re hard to contact when you’re trying to rent from them, they’ll be even harder to contact when you’re trying to get repairs done.
- Did they provide you with a written rental agreement?
- Did they give their tenants 24 hour notice before showing the rental to you? It’s illegal for them not to do this!
- Do they screen all applicants for criminal convictions?
Also, sometimes landlords will promise repairs in order to get you to sign the lease. If this happens, make sure you get the repairs request in writing, and that you both sign it!
Contact the AS Legal Information Center if you would like to learn more about
what to look out for during a rental tour!