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Leasing a home in Austin TX can be an intimidating task if you don’t know what to expect. With so many different neighborhoods and amenities, it can be difficult to figure out which place is right for you. That’s why working with our team is one of the best decisions you can make when searching for a new place to call your own. Not only do we have access to all the latest listings, but we also have insight into the market that comes from years of industry experience. We’ll guide you through the process step by step and help you find just what you’re looking for, whether it’s a single-bedroom condo or something more spacious. So, if you need an affordable deal, look no further than your local realtor!


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Leasing Guide: 5 Things to Consider when Renting a Home

Research The Neighborhood

  • If you’re renting a home in Austin TX, don’t skip the step of researching the neighborhood! Go beyond scoping out good living amenities: check on the schools, community events, and local businesses that are nearby. Driving around the streets (day and night) can be especially helpful to get a better sense of what it’d be like to live there.
Know what is included in the rent
  • Sure, it’s great to have a place to call your own, but you should make sure you know exactly what costs “your own” is coming with. You want to be sure you aren’t faced with any hidden charges or shocked when the monthly rent check comes due. That lovely Austin rental may not include appliances, utilities, furniture or even parking – yes that’s right – so always double-check before signing on the dotted line. This is one of those times when being informed will end up saving you money!

Get it in writing

  • It seems like a no-brainer, but some landlords never provide a written lease. Without a written agreement, there’s no way to prove the terms that you and your tenant agreed to. A well-drafted rental lease between you and any tenant — even a friend or family member — can end up saving you money and stress later on. It also states clearly what is expected of each party, so there’s no confusion or room for interpretation. Your lease should include everything that could possibly become an issue later, from payment due dates to which repairs are the tenant’s responsibility and which are yours. Landlord-tenant codes are constantly changing, which means the information is required in a lease may change as well; knowing your state and local laws is key. Items that may vary include your right of entry (laws differ on how much notice you’ll need to give first) and a lead paint warning if your state requires it.
Clear security deposit provisions
  • State laws are very specific about the first month’s rent and security deposit. Check what is allowed by your state. Some limit the amount of security deposit that can be collected or the penalty fee you can charge for late payment. It is essential to make sure your lease provides clear terms for all payment expectations, including:
    • The due date for rent
    • Frequency of payment
    • Form of payment
    • Place of payment
    • Penalties or fees for late or missed payments

Also, be clear about your security deposit return policy and, in particular, what will be considered damage to the rental unit.

Property Condition Disclosed
  • Imagine you’re about to rent a car that has a dent the size of a bowling ball in the driver’s door. You wouldn’t sign the rental contract without documenting the pre-existing damage. An apartment is no different: Don’t sign the lease until you’re satisfied the property is in good shape inside and out. If the landlord does not provide you with a formal list, then you must create one and complete it yourself. Any deficiency in the property, not listed and reported to the landlord prior to occupancy, can later be interpreted as damage caused by you.





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