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What to know before renting

When Louisiana residents decide to rent a house, they may sometimes be so excited about moving into a new home that they may not always consider the fine details. There are a few things people should usually make sure they do when they rent a property.

Realtor.com says that people should read their lease before they sign it. This document typically contains all of the fine details about a house, such as the ways tenants can decorate and who is liable for damage to the property. It is important for people to understand all of these details and ask questions. Many people may think they are finished once they sign the lease. However, people usually need to make sure they set up the utilities. It is a good idea to speak to the landlord if people are not sure which utilities they will be responsible for.

Additionally, people should generally do a walk-through when they move in. This allows tenants to see if the house needs any repairs. People should usually write down anything they notice and give this list to the landlord. It is a good idea to keep a copy of this list so people can prove they are not responsible for this damage.

According to U.S. News, it is also important for people to make sure they have all of their financial arrangements in writing. This includes both the amount people will pay in rent each month, as well as any last-minute changes. Sometimes a house or apartment may not be ready on the move-in date or the tenants may need to move out early. If people will pay a prorated amount, they should generally make sure they have a document which specifies this amount.

 

 

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