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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
What First Time Temecula CA Renters Need to Expect
There’s always a first for everything, and when it comes to renting there are a few things you must initially understand to have a smooth transition. It is best to have a discussion with your Temecula CA property manager for questions and clarifications. These things are important because they tackle your rights and limitations as a renter.
1. The Lease
The residential tenancy agreement or more commonly known as the lease is the contract you and your landlord will sign. Simply put, you are to pay to live in someone elses property, so take this as the written record of what you should, can and should not do during your stay. Usually a lease has these important sections:
- Mode of rent payment
- Validity or terms of the lease
- Deposits, fines and fees
- Rules and access to the property
It is absolutely necessary for a you to read and reread the lease and to understand it. Since you will be given a copy, you are to refer to it if you are unsure of your planned changes to the Temecula CA rental.
2. Entry Condition Report
A Temecula CA property manager or landlord will prepare a summary or report of the rental property’s condition every time a new tenant comes in. This is shared with the tenants for him to check. It is ideal for a tenant to review the report and agree or disagree with the assessment of the areas in the home before he or she signs the document. It is then given back to the landlord or property manager.
Videos and photos are powerful tools to secure a record of the condition of the rental property when you first come in. At the end of your term, you and the landlord can always go back to the initial condition report and these snapshots and videos in order to check if there was any damage to the home acquired in the course of your stay.
As a form of security, Temecula CA property managers and landlords may ask for a security deposit. This is a certain amount of money you are to pay at the start which will be given back to you unless you fail to meet the terms of the lease. Usually, this is used to pay for cleaning, replacement, or repairs of items in the home that were damaged during your stay.
In most cases, your security deposit cannot come from your rent. These two are items different. Security deposits are paid at the onset and kept by the landlord until the end of your rental term. You also cannot use it to pay your last month’s rent when you are moving out. To make sure you get your deposit back, read the tips from one of our other posts.
Renting for the first time can be really exciting. Make sure you are well informed and prepared so you don’t end up stressing yourself out with trivial matters. Always keep the landlord or the Temecula CA property manager on speed dial so you can ask them about anything that is unfamiliar to you.