3 Red Flags To Look For In A Lease

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Trying to find a new home is hard, but leases can be even harder to navigate. Here are three things to look out for when you are signing a lease.

They Won’t Let You Visit The Property

If you can’t visit the property before you make your commitment, beware. The model they show you may mask the actual property’s damages. Not allowing you to see the property is a sign that they’re probably hiding something from you, like mold, stains, awful paint jobs and general imperfections.

Before signing the lease, urge to see the apartment or building. If they refuse, look elsewhere.

Tenant Responsible For Fixing Damages

It is the responsibility of the landlord to show an apartment or building that is safe and habitable for future residents. If a lease reads that the “tenant is responsible for repairs,” you are stuck with the bill and responsible for any damages that need fixing. Remember, it’s on the landlord to ensure that the building is in good condition, but once it’s yours, the maintenance is your burden.

Make sure you have a real estate attorney to look over confusing leases with you to spot out these clauses.

Paying By Cash Or Wire

When the property manager is quick to ask you for cash during a showing, it’s time to leave. If anything, an application fee may be required. Application fees are around $30, and asking for more is questionable.

If the landlord asks you to pay the security deposit and first month’s rent with cash or wire, it’s probably a scam. Make sure the property manager is trustworthy and reputable before making any kind of payment. If you are asked to pay with anything other than a check, do not sign the lease.

To schedule an appointment with a trustworthy real estate lawyer in San Antonio, call Dan Burke Attorney at Law today.


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