However, you have no idea what you are supposed to ask the landlord before having him hand out the keys. Knowing what to ask your landlord is virtually one of the crucial parts of finding and renting a new place.
It is quite important to speak to him or her about the apartment itself, as well as the regulations, the rules, the payment, fixing damaged items and so on.
First of all, you need to find out certain things about the apartment yourself. You need to know what the tenant’s (your) obligations are. It is quite important to understand exactly what the landlord wants and expects from his or her tenants. This usually means the following: when to pay the rent, keeping the whole place undamaged, maybe even telling the landlord about the potential issues that might occur while living in that apartment. You can also try to ask him to put all of your obligations on paper so that you will encounter no confusion. Most luxury apartments in Virginia Beach will offer you specific information on that.
Finding out about your landlord’s obligations is just as important (maybe, even more, important)! You should know what he means when he says that everything in the apartment will be functional. You should find out whether he will come and fix any potential damage there might occur. Always ask how much you will have to wait for your landlord to perform repairs. If you live in an area that has a lot of hurricanes / tornadoes, he should provide specific protection for that as well. There are plenty of rental apartments that do this.
You have the right to inspect the apartment. Do not rely on the internet description. Always inspect it carefully and make sure not to forget any detail. Also, make sure every single light works.
Who and when will you have to pay? What will happen to you if you are late with the payment? Will the landlord accept such mistakes or will he immediately evict you? Most rental apartments are quite reasonable and will also give you a second chance.
Also, how much will you have to pay if you damage anything (if you will be held responsible for that)?
Once you have done that, you will also need to find out certain things about your landlord. Meet him or her in person and see how friendly he is (or how reasonable). Does he seem like a person you want to work or even live with? If the answer is no, try to move on and find yourself another place. Also, try to find out as many things as possible about him from the other tenants.