Written by Keriann Coffey
Scouring Zillow until the wee hours of the morning? Running to apartment showings in between meetings? Let’s face it: Apartment hunting sucks—which is why it’s so easy to sign on the dotted line the minute a great space appears. But before you put your John Hancock anywhere, WAIT. While most of your questions (think: late fee policies and utility costs) can be found on your lease, there are four questions you should always ask your future landlord before signing. Read up:
- Can I choose the paint colors?
Chances are, your landlord (or management company) is going to repaint your space before you move in. So if you’re not into standard off-white walls, check and see if you can choose your colors.
- How often are the locks changed?
You probably don’t know the previous tenant, which means, you also probably don’t know how many keys they shared…
- Are you planning to sell?
Southie is prime real estate—condos are going up left and right. So, if your landlord decides to sell, well, that’s within his/her rights.
- Has the toilet seat been changed?
You’ll most likely be responsible for giving the bathroom a good scrubbing, but the least your landlord can do? Provide a new (clean) throne.