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How to Find the Best House Rental Landlord

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Marina Shlomov - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Are you wondering how to find the best landlord for a house rental? Just as landlords screen potential residents through background and credit checks prior to approving a rental application, home seekers should do research on prospective landlords to ensure their living situation will be ideal and that any maintenance and repairs will be made in timely manner. 

How can you ensure your landlord isn’t going to force you into the slums? It might take a little detective work, but you can gauge a good landlord from a bad one by reviewing the unsigned rental contract and trusting your instincts. Here’s a few red flags that might indicate your search isn’t over.

Unhappy Residents

If you’re fortunate enough to speak with either former tenants of rental properties in Decatur or perhaps even other residents should you be seeking a multi-residential property, you can simply ask them what their experience is with the prospective landlord. Do they take care of home repairs as needed or are issues, such as clogged water pipes or a busted garbage disposal, expected to be repaired at the tenant’s expense? Whenever you have a chance to meet with neighbors, use this opportunity to find out the landlord's reputation. This might save you a big headache later.

View the Property 

You might be smitten by that spiral staircase and you’ve already begun planning where the Christmas tree will go, but don’t let premature emotions take over the moment. Whenever you have a chance to view a property, take a look at some of the small details. Is the grout in the bathroom tub dirty? Do the floors need to be cleaned? Are there holes in the walls that haven’t been patched up? If your potential landlord hasn’t kept the place up to par, you might want to take your bags elsewhere.

Finding the Ideal Landlord

You can make the most of your rental search by working with a trusted real estate professional who also works with landlords or by meeting with them personally when you get the opportunity to view the residence. Ask them any questions and voice your concerns as they arise. Will they be fixing the roof anytime soon? How about the washer and dryer that’s included in the property? If they stop working will they be replaced or will it fall on your shoulders? See how they respond to inquiries to help gauge whether you believe you can have a stable landlord and tenant relationship. If there’s anything that makes you go Hmmm…perhaps it’s time you go down the block to view a few more Georgia house rentals.

When you put effort into finding the right landlord, as well as the ideal house for rent in Stone Mountain, your living conditions should be hassle-free. No one wants to sign a contract and find out their landlord isn't holding up their end of the bargain later. Do your homework and work with a trusted professional for the best results. 

ALH Podland is committed to helping you find the ideal place to hang your hat. Allow our expertise to work for you. Contact us today and we'll find a home rental that fits your life and your style.

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