Questions to Ask Before Renting

Make sure you ask and understand the answers to these questions before signing a rental agreement!

  • How much is the rent?
  • When is the rent due?
  • Is there a penalty/fee if the rent is late?
  • If someone moves out, how will the remaining roommates pay the difference?
  • How long is the lease?
  • When does the lease end/begin?
  • What is the penalty for breaking the lease?
  • How much is the deposit?
  • How and when is the deposit refunded?
  • Should all roommates sign the lease?
  • What utilities are included in the rent?
  • How much is the installation charge for the utilities, if any?
  • What is the average monthly cost for heat, gas, electricity, etc., if they are not included in the rent?
  • Is there parking available on the street, parking lot, or garage?
  • Is there a cost for parking or is it included in the rent?
  • Are there laundry facilities in the building?
  • How many laundry units are there? Are they on every floor?
  • Are they coin operated? How much does it cost?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Is there an additional charge for having pets?
  • May the apartment be altered (painted, etc.)?
  • Can you hang pictures on the wall (and how)?
  • Under what circumstances may the landlord enter your apartment?
  • How much advance notice must be given prior to entry?
  • How are maintenance concerns handled?
  • What is the procedure to report problems or concerns?
  • What is the turn-around time for getting a maintenance problem corrected?
  • Is subletting permitted?
  • What are the procedures for subletting?
  • Is there a penalty for subletting?