Renting a house most of the times coincides with the fact that you have finally landed a well paid job and you can now afford to move out of your parent’s house. It is a time of great joy and a very good reason to celebrate, since you’re finally free to do whatever you want without having to worry that your parents don’t agree with it or that it may upset them. However, when you are looking for section 8 houses for rent as a first time renter, there are quite a few things you need to know if you want to avoid being dissatisfied with your choice later on and we will take a closer look at them below.
Vital aspects to be aware of when considering section 8 houses for rent
Your Resume As A First Time Renter
Did you know that a lot of landlords will be interested in your resume as a renter? There are many people who rent houses and most of the times, they’ll make a lot of noise, damage the house and eventually put the landlord through a lot of unnecessary trouble. This is very tiresome and frustrating to deal with and that is why it’s necessary to submit a clean CV with references from past landlords to prove that you’re really a down-to-earth renter that won’t cause any trouble. Some of the info you’ll need to include on the CV includes a copy of your credit report, your monthly income, past addresses including the phone number of the landlords and personal references.
What Does The Rental Money Include?
In some cases you’ll find that the rental price will not only cover the internet fees, but also electricity, water, cable and heating, which is great. It’s true that some or all of these fees will be covered by the rental price, but only if you fit into a certain consumption bracket. If you use a lot of electricity and a lot of water, then don’t be surprised to be charged extra for it. Talk to your landlord about this so that he can tell you more about the amount of money you should expect to pay if your water consumption for instance is much higher than the values estimated and included in the rental contract.
Read The Contract Carefully
A lot of people, including myself, have made the mistake of not reading the contract in full and carefully and this has personally gotten me in a bit of a bad situation in the past. The contract includes binding terms and the minute you sign it, it means you agree with those terms and you need to follow the rules. Therefore, when checking the contracting, be sure you see if the following details are included:
1. Is there a specific policy when it comes to guest visitors?
2. Is there a need to purchase renters insurance?
3. Can you sublet the house?
4. Do you have any responsibility when it come to repairs?
5. Are there any fees you need to pay if you decide to move out earlier than stipulated in the contract?
6. What are the reasons that can lead to the termination of contract?
7. Info about your security deposit and price.
8. The beginning and expiration date.
Details Concerning The Rental Contract
When you move into a house, this is a fairly big move and that is why you need to make sure that you never sign the contract unless you’ve seen the house in person. Some contracts have what is known as an “automatic renewal clause” and it’s not advised to sign such contracts, since you can never know if you’ll still have the same job after the rental contract expired. It could be that you need to move into a different city or maybe you’ll get bored of living in the same house.
A very important aspect you need to know about is the fact that some contracts allow the landlord to have unlimited access to your property without notifying you. This is a big privacy issue and therefore you need to ensure that your landlord is never going to visit you unless he sends you a prior notice or unless it’s an emergency.
Carefully Inspect The House
Before renting any section 8 houses for rent, you need to visit the property in person and ensure that everything is working fine (the washing machine, the TV, etc) and that there are no hidden damages or things that may get while you’ll still live in the house. If you find any damages, then you need to ask the landlord to fix them as soon as possible.
Are You Going To Live Alone?
Let’s face it: renting a house is definitely not cheap and unless you have a well paid job, you won’t be able to live in it on your own, since the rent is just too high. As a result, you’ll need to look for flat mates that can help you shoulder the rent. There are all kinds of crazy people out there and you wouldn’t want to live with someone that does or says things you completely hate or people who won’t pay their part of the rent. Meet up with your potential flat mates in person and even agree to live with potential candidates for a few days just to see how things develop. If everything’s good between the two of you and you are both on the same frequency so to speak, then everything should be alright.
Consider Doing A Full Inventory
Before you move in, you need to absolutely consider doing a full inventory of the house. If you don’t do it, then eventually you’ll end up having cash taken from your deposit in order to pay for things that were already broken. Don’t think that only the furniture needs to be checked, since the carpets, the bathroom’s condition (including the shower, washing machine, etc.), the flooring, the doors, the lights and so forth are also very important. If you find one or more things that are flawed or just don’t work as they should, it’s best to let you landlord know about them via a letter or an E-mail.
Hang On To Your Deposit
While it shouldn’t happen, it seems that in many cases it does and it happens quite often to those who are not careful. At the end of your contract, the agent and the landlord (or just one of them) will try to cash in on your deposit by saying you have to pay for this and that, but without them bringing you any proof that those things (broken bathtubs, showers, TV, etc) were really damaged. The law says they need to prove with papers how much the repairs (if real) cost so you know exactly what is deducted from your deposit. The good news is that new laws are already in place for this, so you can rest assured that no one will cash in on your deposit without having solid proof on what the money is deducted for.
Considering section 8 houses for rent shouldn’t be hard at all if you keep these tips in mind and no matter if this is the first time you have to rent a house or not, eventually you’re going to find one that has all the amenities you require for a wonderful stay.