Guide to rent a house

Are you going to rent a house? We made a guide with everything you need to know before renting a house.

Leasing a property is a very important decision. Choosing a space that suits us and suits our needs is not easy, so we will show you some aspects that you should take into account when renting a house.

Before you start the active search for a home, you need to do some planning and decide some issues.



What type of house are you looking for? And where?

Are you looking for a T1 or T2, or do you need more rooms? Need a garage or outside space? And what is the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the rent? This last requirement is very important, set a maximum value and do not search or visit houses above this limit (the more expensive the better the house and all the other houses with a value below will look worse).

Think about the best location, for example, a location closer to work, allows you to save on transportation, however the more central locations also tend to be more expensive. Does the house have a garage or do you have free parking nearby? All these aspects should be defined before you start looking for your next home.

If it is an apartment, check the floor where it is located and if there is an elevator (it may not be very pleasant to have to carry your purchases up and down the stairs on several floors).

After thinking about all the features that the house and the building should have, you can start looking for homes that meet these requirements. There are huge websites with real estate listings for rent, or you can search directly at agencies such as Home Hunting. There are also some groups on Facebook where the various properties for rent are shared.

Before you start selecting your ads, create a document in Excel, where you’ll gather all the information about the ads you liked best. In this should place the link of the ad, the amount of the rent, the location and other aspects that may be useful when comparing the real estate. So you can do a screening and select the ones you liked the most. From now on you can start calling these ads and scheduling visits.



When to visit the properties

Call the ads that interest you the most, a call is always a more personal contact than email. Make appointments for hours when you can visit the property with calm and patience and choose a time when there is still good natural lighting.

When visiting the property, notice all the details of the house, such as the number of existing plugs, the type of plugs (the oldest ones can damage appliances and technological materials), check for cracks and dampness, and confirm the condition of the kitchen cabinets on the outside and inside (especially under the dishwasher). One of the most essential things in a house is also the position of the house in relation to the sun, look for the solar orientation of the property and if there is enough natural light.

The state of conservation of the building is also something that should be repaired, as well as cleanliness, if you need works and what the value of the condominium.

From here the process is repeated in all houses. Every day analyze the new offers in the market, schedule visits to the best properties and never forget to point the time, place of meeting and telephone of the person who will show you the house.

You may need to see few or many homes to find one that feels good, but as soon as you find it you will notice it and you will not want to miss it.

Finding the ideal home, it’s time to make the proposal and expect it to be accepted.


Lease agreement

Finally, before signing a lease you should always clarify some issues. What is the period of the lease? If you need to leave the property before termination of the contract, what are your obligations? If the house needs works, who is in charge of doing them, you or the owner?

The lease must contain all these rights and duties of both the tenant and the owner, as well as all personally identifiable information and contacts.

Clarify any charges and expenses you may have with the property. Usually, expenses and charges related to housing services (rent, electricity, water, etc.) are usually the responsibility of the tenant. Common expenses such as condominium, cleaning services, among others, are the responsibility of the landlord. However, both parties should agree among themselves on the best procedure.

If it is not stipulated in the contract, the landlord is the person responsible for dealing with the works of the house. The tenant can only carry out works inside the dwelling, if it has authorization of the landlord.

In a lease, most of the time, it is necessary to pay a deposit, this only serves to ensure the landlord that the tenant will comply with their obligations. If the tenant does not have the monetary availability to pay a security along with the rent, the landlord may ask for other collateral, such as a guarantor.

If the property is in a condominium, you can ask for the condominium rules to know all the changes and decisions made by the other condominium owners.

At the end of the contract, you must leave the house and leave it as you have found it, with all the stuffing (if any), and reverse any changes you may have made (eg tapping holes in the walls, etc). If you have agreed with the landlord about this change, you will not need to repair them.

Contact us! we can help you with this search.

Good luck!


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