Renting a place instead of buying is becoming even more popular, and not only among recent graduates or young workers – families and established professionals also turn to property renting for a number of reasons. There are many things to look for in a rental apartment, but there are also numerous warning signs. Find out about these red flags and find the best property for rent in Nigeria on Jiji.
1. Poor building maintenance
The first sign that this particular apartment is not a good choice for you can emerge even before you take your first step into the house. Poorly maintained exterior of the property usually indicates that on the inside things are even worse. Broken gates, neglected garden, cracks in the walls, shattered or dirty window glass are the most common signs of a badly maintained house.
2. The landlord is too prying
Pay attention to the way the landlord is behaving during your first meeting. If he’s trying to find out every little detail about your family or workplace, jokes inappropriately, or makes it clear that he’s not opposed to intruding into the lives of his tenants, it’s a big reason to keep from renting this place. You can also talk to other tenants of this landlord – they can tell you whether they’ve received unwanted visits from the landlord.
3. Maintenance costs are not specified
No matter how good the initial condition of the apartment seems, there are still going to be things that need to be repaired. Electricity, plumbing, renovation, fixing the home appliances usually costs a lot, and it’s important to negotiate who will cover these costs. The best-case scenario is when the tenant covers the maintenance costs out of the rental budget, but if the landlord does not agree to these conditions, it can mean huge additional expenses for you in the future.
4. The property is loud and not secure
We deal with a lot of stress on a daily basis, which is why each one of us expects our home to be a safe and comfortable place. You don’t want to come home after a long day of hard work only to discover that your neighbours are having an all-night party with 15 of their friends or that you live right next to a loud nightclub or restaurant. Plus, it’s not uncommon for rental properties in Nigeria to have security problems. It’s best to find out beforehand whether there are any noise or security issues – the best way to do it is to talk to existing or former tenants.
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