Family Real Estate

Renter’s Guide

Short & Long-Term Contracts

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1. Determine your renting budget

Look at your income and expenses to figure out how much you can and want to spend on renting a house. Make sure you consider the cost of utilities, parking, renter's insurance, and moving when coming up with this figure.

2. Make a list of must-haves

Think about what you are looking for in a house and make a list of features you are not willing to negotiate on. If you have a dog, you may need a fenced-in backyard. If you have multiple children, you may only be able to consider a rental with three or more bedrooms.

3. Do your research

Once you have nailed down your budget and list of must-haves, it is time to do your research and see what's out there. You can use popular real-estate sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, and other online resources such as Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, to search for open house rentals in your area.

4. Tour houses

As soon as you have found a few houses that pique your interest, contact the landlord or property management company, and set up some time to tour them. It is a good idea to take notes or photos during each tour so you can remember details about each property and compare properties later.

5. Negotiate rental terms

After you have found a house that meets your budget and lifestyle needs, speak to the landlord or property management company to negotiate terms that work best for you. Maybe you would like to rent for six months instead of a year. Or maybe you would like discounted parking or free cable television. Let them know what you prefer and see what kind of arrangement you can make.

6. Fill out a rental application

Once you have negotiated rental terms and are ready to move forward, you will need to fill out a rental application. While each form is different, you will likely need to provide a valid photo ID, recent pay stubs, and the following information:

-Name

-Current address and previous addresses

-Phone number and email address

-Employment and income details

-Pets

-Emergency contacts

-Landlord, personal, or professional references

7. Pay the rental application fee

Your application fee will depend on where you are renting, the landlord or property management company you are working with, and the house you have decided on. The application fee typically covers the background check that will be performed.

8. Sign the lease agreement

Once you have completed the application process and passed the background check, you will sign the lease agreement. Be sure to read it carefully and make sure everything you have negotiated is included before signing.