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What to Tell Your Landlord

Friday, 11 August 2017

You probably don't need to let your landlord know that you spill on the floor or that your grandma is coming to visit for one night... but these items below are things you definitely want to share with your landlord or property owner!

 

 

  1. You adopted a pet.

    Maybe you didn’t have a pet when you signed your lease, but after you moved in, you just couldn’t resist a (literal) pair of puppy-dog eyes. Sneaking in pets either because they aren’t allowed in the rental, or to avoid paying extra fees at your pet friendly apartment could get you evicted (really!) or slapped with a hefty fine. Pets can damage property, and for that reason, landlords who allow pets usually require a pet deposit, fee, or charge a slightly higher rent. Still not sold? If your landlord doesn’t know about your furry companion, you could be putting your pet in danger.
  2. You moved someone in.

    Landlords screen tenants before renting to them by conducting a credit check and, sometimes, a background check. If you bring in a roommate after signing your lease, you haven’t given the landlord the chance to screen this person, and that could get you evicted. Even you’re trying to help out a close friend, you’re reliable for his or her actions — and they could very well accidentally break something. More occupants also mean more wear and tear on the property anddepending on the property and its jurisdiction, there may be restrictions on the number of occupants even allowed to live in the unit.
  3. The toilet’s clogged.

    Or there’s a leaky faucet, or there’s water backing out of a drain. You could ignore those problems, maybe by using another bathroom, or you could try to fix the problem yourself — but both approaches would be wrong. Many tenants don’t report plumbing problems, afraid they’ll be charged for the repair. (And yes, typically, if a plumbing problem is your fault, you’ll need to pay for the fix.) But the landlord is responsible for fixing all other plumbing problems.

    However, if you don’t report a plumbing issue right away, and a small problem turns into a big, expensive disaster, whether you caused the problem or not, you might be on the hook to pay. And you can bet the plumbing bill will now be much bigger than it would have been if you had reported the problem immediately. Who pays for rental repairs typically depends on your lease and on state laws.
  4. There’s a new water stain on the ceiling.

    A water stain on the ceiling might not seem like a big deal, and it may not be … yet. But unusual water stains oftentimes mean a leaky roof, and like a plumbing issue, the problem will continue to worsen every time it rains. Even a small leak is left unattended it can become a major problem. Water can seep into the ceiling, damage insulation, wiring, and framework. And that’s why you need to report a water stain to your landlord right away.
  5. You have bedbugs.

    Some tenants don’t want to report bedbugs because they’re afraid they’ll have to pay for the extermination costs (unfortunately, renters insurance may not cover the cost to remove them). Often, the landlord pays for extermination costs anyway. The only time you pay is if there’s proof you brought in the bedbugs. And unless you brought in a mattress you found on the side of the street or have bedbugs crawling all over your suitcase from your recent trip abroad, it’s difficult to prove fault.
  6. You lost your key.

    Truth: Your landlord will probably charge you to replace your lost key. But the fee for doing this should be minimal. If you’re worried that someone might find your key and use it to enter your property, you’ll need to pay to have the locks changed, which will cost more. But unless your address was attached to the key, the odds of someone knowing which door that found key unlocks are slim.

 

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Happy Renting!

Bathroom Accessories

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Does your bathroom need to be more adorable? Don't worry, Buzzfeed thought so too! Here is my favorite item from the list, but view the whole article at: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ignaciafulcher/impossibly-adorable-bathroom-products?utm_term=.bqLLLePAe#.nrJee3wZ3

 

18. A cunning hedgehog that'll stay put for a while and keep your brush from being contaminated with dreadful poo bacteria, unlike his cousin Sonic.

Promising Review: "I didn't want another container on my bathroom counter taking up space and didn't want to just put my wet toothbrush in the drawer. This was an adorable solution that goes on the bathroom mirror so easily. It fits my adult (dollar store) toothbrush just fine, faces to the side and not forward, and seems to dry just fine as well. And I love hedgehogs!" —MelanieGet it from Amazon for $8.85. Available in five animals.

Check out all of our available properties at www.gsorentahome.com!  If you are a Property Owner looking for a Property Management company in the Triad, please contact us today at (336)272-0767 or visit our website to find out more details, www.gsorentahome.com/property-management .

Happy Renting!