4 Questions to Ask a Potential Landlord Before Renting an Apartment

In the hunt for the perfect apartment, some important questions could be left unasked. Once you have signed the lease and moved in, it will be too late to ask those questions. To guarantee that you have covered all your bases before your sign your lease, consider these questions that you should ask a potential landlord.  

How Is the Water Pressure?

One of the questions that is often overlooked is about the water pressure. While touring the apartment, many renters take for granted that running water automatically means that there is enough pressure to take a decent shower. However, you want to be sure so that you do not end up waiting a long time for the bathtub to fill up. 

How Are Communications with Other Residents Handled?

Depending on the size of the complex, meeting all of the neighbors might not be possible. If the landlord has established a communication center, such as a bulletin board in the office for announcements, you and other tenants can make important announcements that others are sure to see.  

If the landlord does not have a center established, ask him or her whether setting up email communications or a newsletter is possible. He or she might be willing to give you a slight discount on your rent for helping to create the newsletter.  

What Changes Can You Make?

Even if you are planning to stay in the apartment for only a short period of time, you will want to make changes to the apartment. The idea is to make the apartment as homey as possible for you and your family. Before making any changes, you need to be clear on how far you can go without jeopardizing your lease and your deposit.  

If you plan to make a change, such as updating the cabinets, show the landlord exactly what changes you want to make. If possible, ask him or her to sign off on the changes on paper so that there is no confusion later.  

Can You Sublet Your Apartment?

If you need to make a change in your living situation in the future but are in the middle of your lease, subletting is one way to protect your deposit and avoid an early termination fee. However, some landlords do not like the idea of subletting.  

Inquire about the subletting policy from the landlord. If subletting is allowed, make sure you fully understand the requirements that need to be met. For instance, the landlord might want some say in who you sublet your apartment to.