Why do I have to pay an Application Fee?
Application fees are charged in efforts to provide the best possible environment for all of our tenants. This fee covers the time and services necessary to gather important and valuable information, like the comprehensive background check. For more information on submitting an application visit our Application section of our website.
My landlord gave me a written lease but it does not include their earlier verbal promise to replace certain items. Can I rely on his verbal promise from my landlord?
Do not rely on a verbal agreement with the landlord. In order to make anything legally binding, you must have it written into the lease and initialed by all parties.
Can the landlord charge me more in rent or fees because I have a pet?
Yes, the landlord has the ability to extra rent and/or a non-refundable pet fee in exchange for allowing you to keep a pet on the property. The landlord may even charge more for some breeds or sizes of pets or may prohibit pets completely. If you have any questions regarding your pet(s), please contact us at (478) 960-7675.
Does the landlord have to re-paint the property before I move in?
No, the landlord has no obligation to paint a unit each time it is rented.
What Utilities are Tenants responsible to pay?
Please refer to your Rental Agreement (lease) to find out what utilities you are responsible for paying. All utilities you are responsible for must be switched into your name on or before the first day you occupy the property.
Can my landlord come into my property periodically to check its condition?
Yes, many rental agreements give the landlord the right to enter the property for inspections to see if the tenant is complying with their obligations, to make necessary repairs, to put “for rent” or “for sale” signs, up, or to show it to prospective tenants or buyers. Entry should be at reasonable times and with reasonable notice given to the tenant. Please check your Rental Agreement (lease) for more information.
What needs to be done prior to moving out?
The rental property must be returned in the same or in better condition than it was in when the tenant first took possession. It is important to thoroughly clean the entire property to avoid losing any of your security deposit. Your Rental Agreement may require the tenant to have all carpets professionally cleaned at the conclusion of your lease. Please check your Rental Agreement for further responsibilities the tenant has prior to moving out.
Is the landlord allowed to raise the rent during the term of my lease?
Unless the lease states otherwise, you are guaranteed the agreed-upon monthly rent for the term of the lease and the landlord cannot increase the rent. However, you are also guaranteeing the landlord that you will pay the agreed-upon rent in full and on time. Please keep in mind that if you acquire a pet during the term of your lease, you may be charged a monthly fee for it’s addition.
Can I terminate my lease within 30 days’ notice to the landlord at anytime?
No, if your Rental Agreement provides for a definite termination date you are obligated for the entire lease term even if you have a good reason for leaving, such as illness or a job transfer. If you leave early, and the landlord is unable to re-rent your property, they may sue you for the unpaid rent and damages and/or file a negative credit report against you.
If any of your questions weren’t answered in the above Tenant FAQs, please contact us at (478) 960-7675 and we’ll be happy to answer any further questions that you may have!