Ask Your Landlord These Top Questions Before Choosing a Flat in Chennai
Now that you’ve moved to Chennai, your life as an adult is about to begin. And the first challenge you have to face is finding a place to live. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of flats for rent in Chennai and you’re able to find quite a few options that you like. But as you visit them and meet some prospective landlords, you’re not sure what to ask them before you seal the deal. How do you really know if you’re making the right decision? Well, don’t worry about it, because we’re here to help. Here are some of the most important questions that you should ask your landlord before renting a flat in Chennai. Take a look.
When is the rent due? How often does it increase?
The first and most obvious question, but one that’s very important to ask. It’s not just the amount of rent that you need to find out, but the date on which it is due every month. You should be able to choose a date that’s convenient for you, based on when you’re moving in or within the first week of the month. A 7-10 day grace period is also a usual process, but make sure that you check with your landlord. If you’re renting the flat for a year or less, there should be no sudden increases or changes in the amount that you pay, so make sure that your landlord doesn’t ask for any increments. But if you’re renting for a longer period of time, you might be required to pay a 5-10% increment with each subsequent year.
What amenities does the flat include?
Unlike a PG or a hostel which will provide you with some basic amenities, living in a flat is quite different. You probably have to handle your utility bills separately and pay for them outside of your monthly rent. But your flat could give you access to other amenities in the building, like access to a gym, pool, walking trail or club house. Find out what, if any, of these facilities that you can access, as well as any rules, timings or additional charges that you might have to pay for their use.
How safe is the building?
As a young person living in a new city, your safety is your priority. And your landlord should be able to give you more clarity. Ask them about the demographics of the residents in the building as well as the security features on offer. If the building doesn’t have more than one guard at the gate, you might be better off in a professionally managed residence like Stanza Living which has biometric entry systems, 24×7 CCTV surveillance and more to ensure that you always feel safe and secure.
What changes can you make to the flat?
In a rented accommodation, you won’t have as much freedom when it comes to making permanent changes to your flat. Minor changes like putting up pictures or changing the layout of the furniture may not be a big deal, but you need to clarify and ask permission for any larger structural changes that you want to make. Especially if you already know at the time of moving in that you’d like to install an AC or remodel the kitchen, make sure that you’re asking the landlord if that’s possible before you sign the agreement.
How old is the building?
This is one of the most important questions that you need to ask your landlord, as it will help you understand the wear and tear you should expect from the building and from your flat. You can also ask any existing tenants about the problems that they’ve encountered and any issues that keep resurfacing. Damp walls, broken fixtures, damage and infestations are a lot more common in old buildings so keep an eye out for these issues and ask your landlord if they’ll be providing maintenance.
Will the landlord repaint the house before moving in?
Since you’re choosing to rent a flat, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that it’s in a good condition before you move in, especially if there were previous tenants living there. Ask your landlord if they are willing to repaint and repair the flat before you move in. Make sure to include any specific problems that you notice during your site visit that you want them to take care of, and make sure that your rent agreement outlines these maintenance obligations as well.
Make sure that you’re vigilant while talking to your landlord so that you can make an informed decision when you choose a flat in Chennai. We hope this list helps you get the clarity you need and become better prepared to find the perfect flat for yourself.