It’s a good idea to examine your tenants before signing the rental agreement to ensure they can truly pay you. Require all possible tenants to fill out a rental application, do background and credit checks, and verify references.
Failure to do so may result in a range of issues later on, including late rent payments and property damage. If you’re concerned about the cost of running credit checks, you can consider charging a modest application fee to offset the costs.
Inform your renters on your policies about subletting, pets, and other unacceptable behavior. If everything is clearly out in a lease that the renter signs, he or she cannot subsequently claim ignorance of the regulations.
Include any additional costs or services for which the renter will be accountable. Are there any utility bills, connection fees, or other costs from you or third-party providers? As a courtesy, be extra careful to explain any costs that may not be immediately apparent to a tenant.
You don’t want to sour your connection with your tenant by withholding facts like parking fees or key deposits.
You should also consider maintenance—who is accountable for what sorts of maintenance and how much it costs.
Is it only an extra price, or would the renter be responsible for contracting with a provider?
1. What if the renter want to terminate the lease?
2. Will you make him or her pay rent until you locate a new tenant?
3. Are there any additional consequences for breaching the lease?
4. What happens if the renter violates the lease in some way?
5. Do you wish to keep the option to end the lease?