More Things To Consider Before Signing An Apartment Lease

by Scott F. Bocchio on Aug. 06, 2020

Real Estate Landlord-Tenant 

Summary: Renting a new apartment can be an incredibly exciting time in your life. However, it does not make sense to jump right into signing the lease without making sure that it will not come back to haunt you in the future.

More Things To Consider Before Signing An Apartment Lease

 

Renting a new apartment can be an incredibly exciting time in your life. However, it does not make sense to jump right into signing the lease without making sure that it will not come back to haunt you in the future. In addition, it is important to know your rights as a tenant in Massachusetts. The following tips will show you a few things to consider before signing an apartment lease. Please keep in mind that they are for your protection. 

 

The Landlord Inspection Clause

 

The vast majority of leases include some sort of provision that enables the landlord to perform an inspection of the apartment after you move in. That being stated, the terms of that requirement can certainly vary widely. That means you need to keep an eye out for language that entitles the landlord to make unannounced inspections, and especially any that provides for unlimited visits. You should do your best to ensure that the inspections are performed on a limited basis, and always with proper and reasonable notice. 

You absolutely want to be on the lookout for any provisions written into an apartment lease that seek to unfairly restrict those rights. For example, a landlord that requires an open invitation to enter your home is certainly one of these. 

 

Who Is Responsible For What?

 

In most rental situations, the landlord will provide particular services and the tenant is responsible for the rest. Generally speaking, the landlord will provide only those services listed in the lease. If there are any others that you would like to include, you will need to negotiate those before signing the lease. That may require a higher rent, and you will have to determine if it’s worth the extra cost. Some services to be aware of include utilities, pest control, lawn maintenance, snow removal, and repairs. Regarding repairs, there is typically an established dollar limit. The landlord is responsible for paying for repairs that are over the limit, and the tenant is responsible for paying for repairs that are under it. 

 

Do Not Forget About Parking

 

Parking is important, particularly in urban areas where space is tight. Parking disagreements can be a headache for many tenants. You will need to know how many vehicles you can park in a driveway or parking lot. You will also need to know the local laws regarding on-street parking. If you are renting an apartment in winter in a northern climate, be sure to ask about what happens when it snows. You may also be interested in knowing what types of vehicles you can park on or near the premises. For example, if you own a trailer or commercial vehicle, such as either a service specific truck, or a vehicle that has commercial markings, you will need to find out if that is permitted for parking purposes.

 

If you feel that you are being treated unfairly by your landlord please contact us immediately. Legal Rights Advocates, PLLC is a consumer advocate law firm that focuses on consumer rights protection services across the Unites States. We have well over twenty-five (25) years of combined experience helping consumers that are experiencing Debt Collector Harassment, Social Security Disability issues, and a whole lot more. LRA is truly your consumer rights advocate. We take great pride in the fact that our job is to protect you from deceptive and or abusive debt collection practices. 

 

Our goal is to assist you each and every step of the way regarding your rights for consumer protection. Please call us today for more information at 855-254-7841 or click here to visit our website. We look forward to working with you.

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