THEY SAY A BIRD THAT KEEPS ITS MOUTH SHUT, NEVER GETS FED. IN THIS POST, WE’LL BE LOOKING AT 5 THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR LANDLORD BEFORE SIGNING THAT LEASE AGREEMENT.
CAN I MAKE THIS SPACE MY OWN?
If you are renting your own apartment or home, the idea is to be comfortable, right? But remember, your taste could be completely different from that of your landlord’s. So before you put that fire engine red paint on the living room walls or hang that creative DIY metal chandelier on the 12 ft ceiling, I would suggest that you first get permission from your landlord, and preferably, in writing.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
Luckily for us in Jamaica, landlords don’t stick out on charging a pet deposit. Yea, you read right, a pet deposit. Some will tell you point blank – no pets allowed. Pets can cause major damage, whether trained or untrained, and the price of getting pee stains and odours out of the landlord’s carpet can be a pretty sum. So before you move that pet into your new home or apartment, check if it is okay with your landlord.
WHO TAKES CARE OF THE LAWN?
Do you live in an apartment or townhouse complex that collects a monthly maintenance fee or do you live in a single or multiple family home? Who takes care of the lawn depends on these questions. In Jamaica, if you live in a townhouse or an apartment that collects a monthly maintenance fee, that will generally pay for the upkeep of the pool, the gym and other shared spaces which include the lawn. But if you live in a single or multiple family home, your landlord might require you to take care of that expense.
WHO ARE MY NEIGHBOURS?
Do they work? Any children? Do they keep dance and church? Are they smokers? It is not too forward of you to ask. You see, finding out who your neighbours are, will help you to make a more informed decision because they will affect your quiet enjoyment in your new space.
SO, WHAT’S INCLUDED?
It’s never good to assume that a new apartment will come with appliances. Even if you are renting ‘uptown’ baby, where the price might be a little higher, it is always better to ask what is included in the apartment. Sometimes it might be a pleasant surprise what perks are included.