Five Landlords to Watch Out For

1. Absentee Landlord

While it’s important for a new tenant to know that they’ll get plenty of privacy from their landlord, it’s also important to make sure your future landlord takes the time to check in on the properties every once in a while. “I had no idea it was in this condition,” isn’t a good thing to hear when you’re checking out an apartment for the first time. The landlord should have an idea of the condition of each of the properties before showing them to prospective renters. This shows that they care enough about your future living conditions to set you up with a nice apartment and not a place that’s so run down it’s uninhabitable.

2. New Neighbor Landlord

Just as you’ll want to steer clear of a landlord who’s never around, you’ll also want to avoid signing a lease with a landlord that seems to be too involved. Landlords who live nearby may find it easier to pop in on their tenants than to follow the proper procedures of giving advanced notice. Though there are laws protecting tenants from unannounced visits by the landlord, it may be difficult to keep a clear line between landlord and neighbor if the two are the same.

3. The Landlord Who Doesn’t Know Their Properties

When looking over a new apartment, the landlord should be able to answer most questions about the place. Though some questions, such as the exact dimensions of each of the rooms, may be too specific for a landlord to know off the top of his head, the answers to these kinds of questions should be delivered to a prospective tenant without any undue hassle. A landlord who doesn’t know their properties may have too many to keep track of or may be too poorly organized to work as an effective and efficient manager.

4. The Hard-sell Landlord

While a hard-sell may be an effective technique at a retail store, a tenant should never feel pressured to sign a lease he’s not comfortable with. The tenant should be able to take a good look at the property, carefully read through the lease and discuss any questions that arise with the landlord. Landlords that try to push a tenant to sign may be trying to slide something past the tenant that the tenant wouldn’t agree to. The relationship between landlord and tenant will last a long time, so it’s important to feel comfortable discussing the business side of leasing with the landlord, without feeling pressure to rent a place immediately.

5. The Uncaring Landlord

If you’re looking over a property and you point out something that needs to be fixed, the landlord should be responsive to your request. A landlord that dismisses your concern without a second thought will likely do the same when it comes time to fix something that breaks. By law, an apartment needs to be in good working order before it is rented to a new tenant and a landlord that seems willing to let things slide from the beginning may try to brush off their other responsibilities as well.

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