RENTING

Your dreams,
our skills.

Your dreams,
our skills.

RENTING

Your dreams,
our skills.

Your dreams,
our skills.

Finding the right home for you

Before you begin your rental search, it's best to identify the kind of neighborhood, features and amenities you're looking for. This is helpful to share with your Relocation Manager to help narrow your search. This checklist can help you identify and prioritize your needs and wants.

contact your windermere account manager

866-941-3936 / relocation@windermere.com

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Why Windermere Relocation?

Whatever your reasons for renting, know that finding the right home, in the perfect neighborhood and at a cost that is within your budget, is no small task. Your Relocation Manager is a full-service licensed professional with the specialized experience, skills and knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Here are some of the benefits of working with Windermere Relocation:

Local Market

We know the local market and can quickly narrow it down to a few areas where you are likely to find the rental you want at a price you can afford.

Save Time

We can save you time by doing a lot of the legwork. By knowing your needs, we can eliminate rentals that do not meet your criteria. We will make appointments, preview rentals with you and help you determine their pros and cons.

Strong Network

Windermere is a member of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which enables us to learn about new listings from all participating brokerages as soon as they hit the market. Our agents also interact with one another on a daily basis to share information about new properties and match eager renters with the right rentals.

Innovative Tools

Our robust online search tools and educational resources about your new city are available at your fingertips.

Knowledge

We can provide information and make appointments to see almost any property available for rent. A home does not have to be listed by a Windermere agent in order for your Relocation Specialist to get detailed information or an appointment to view.

Expertise

Once you find the home you want to rent, we will guide you through the negotiation, legalities and details involved.

Questions to ask

Here are some of the things most often overlooked by prospective renters:

  • Is heat and/or air conditioning included in the rent?
  • If you are paying for heat, is it gas or electric, and what is the average monthly bill?
  • If looking at single family homes, who is responsible for maintenance and yard control?
  • If looking at a smaller apartment complex, what is the on-call maintenance policy?
  • Is sound control adequate at varying times of the day?
  • What is the manager/owner’s right to enter, and what kind of notice will they provide?
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Lease considerations

Negotiating a lease is an often-overlooked but critical aspect of the rental process to meet your needs and protect your interests. Most lease time frames are month-to-month, six months or one year contracts. A good lease clearly defines your responsibilities as a tenant and your landlord’s responsibilities as a lessor. For example, a lease should identify who pays for what utilities, tell how much notice you are required to give of your intent to vacate, protect you against rate increase for the term of the lease, and prevent eviction without proper cause.

Additional Lease Considerations

Get it in writing

While in some cases a verbal agreement may be enforceable, it is wise to put the terms of any lease arrangement in writing, regardless of the length of time you’ll be renting.

Look before you lease

Inspect your unit before signing a lease and leaving a deposit. Look at appliances, electrical systems, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, lights, water pressure, locks and windows. Make a list of repairs required prior to your move in, and have it signed by the landlord. All such promises of improvement should be received in writing.

Read carefully before signing

If you don’t understand something, ask questions. If you have concerns, consider having a professional review your lease. You may also want to contact that state’s attorney general’s office about specific state laws covering tenant’s rights and responsibilities.

Add what you need

Special clauses or modifications can be inserted into the lease document or attached as a rider. Again, you may want to seek professional assistance when making such lease provisions, but a common example is a buy out clause. This represents the terms under which you can buy out a lease, regardless of the reason. The cost of doing so will vary from market to market, and could range from a flat fee to an amount equal to several months rent. You may want to ask if the property manager has other specific lease provisions, such as a relocation or build/buy clause.

Clarify notice requirements

Be sure to find out exactly when you are required to give notice prior to terminating a lease. You do not want to miss a deadline due to a simple misunderstanding.

Understand deposit requirements

All landlords have the right to require a security/damage/cleaning deposit. It is their insurance against damage beyond ordinary wear and tear. The amount varies from flat fee to one month’s rent. It could be retained in full by the landlord, and it cannot be used by a  tenant to pay rent. Make sure to get the exact requirements for the deposit in writing; know its purpose and under what circumstances you will get it back. Find out if the landlord is required to pay interest on the deposit, and if so, at what rate and what period of time. Other deposits to anticipate include pet deposits, key deposits, and recreation deposits. Be sure to also ask under which circumstances those deposits will or will not be returned and if interest is paid. If possible, accompany your landlord on their walk-through of your vacated property. This way you will know for what damages you are being charged.

Inquire about additional fees

Some landlords charge a rental application/credit check fee, which they require to check your references. Find out exactly what the fee is.

Don't forget about insurance

Building owners carry insurance on the building and the property within it– but not on the property belonging to you. Contact an insurance agent regarding a renter’s insurance policy. It’s a relatively low-cost way to protect your personal belongings. Consider natural  disasters, and find out about possible additional coverage.

Take note of move-in conditions

Things may have changed since you first inspected your rental property, so a pre-move-in-walk-through is critical. Many landlords will have a form to indicate a unit or property’s pre-move-in condition. Take a thorough walk through the property and make very specific notes of scratches, stains, and other damage.

Know about tax refunds

Be sure to find out what the state law provides as tax benefits to renters. Some recognize that renters pay real estate taxes through their rent and thus give renters a tax credit at year end. Your building owner must  provide you a statement of rent paid.

Questions?

contact your windermere account manager

866-941-3936 / relocation@windermere.com

Explore now

Are you eager to get started searching for rentals? No need to wait! Start your search here, and your Relocation Specialist will be happy to arrange tours of any properties that you like.

Are you eager to get started searching for rentals? No need to wait! Start your search here, and your Relocation Specialist will be happy to arrange tours of any properties that you like.