Looking for a rental? We highly recommend you protect yourself by looking at rentals that are listed with professionals in the field. We also know that is not always possible. Here are some tips on how to make sure you are safe, secure, and ensure the most successful rental process.

  • Safety First: If you are viewing a home not listed with a professional, have someone else join you. If someone cannot join you then make sure and let someone know where you are going and consider having them call you to check in.
  • Avoid Scams: Be wary of owners who can only be reached by email, sometimes this can be a scam.
  • Confirm Authority To Rent: Always confirm ownership or owner’s representative of the property prior to paying a deposit.
  • Never Wire Fund:  Do not wire funds via Western Union, your funds can never be recovered in the event of fraud.
  • Make Sure Your Rental is Licensed: Many homeowners are not aware of many of the local licensing requirements and may actually put, you the tenant, at risk. Ensure that the owner is in compliance with local, state, and federal housing laws including holding a legal license if required by local ordinances.
  • Inquire Rental is Current with All Payments: Inquire to make sure the owner is current on all Mortgage, HOA and other payments. Otherwise you as the tenant can be in for a big headache if your home goes into foreclosure.
  • Ensure Safety Precautions Are In Place: Make sure the owner has operable smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as required by law. Also they need to be in compliance with Federal EPA disclosures for Lead Based Paint, if applicable.
  • Beware of Craigslist Scams: Beware of the sophisticated Craigslist scams that are continuously morphing and more elaborate every year. Again, be very wary of someone who you can’t speak with in person.
  • Does Your Rental Require Interest Paid on the Deposit? Some local municipalities require interest to be paid on your deposit, such as the City of Boulder, make sure you are covered in your lease. The City of Boulder provides an excellent example of a Landlord/Tenant Handbook.
  • Do Not Be Afraid To Ask For Legal Help: Please read your lease and hire an attorney if you have any questions. The lease outlines your rights for the place you will be calling home for the next year or more.

If you have any questions about finding the right rental, ensuring your safety, and/or making certain your rental is legitimate, feel free to contact 8z Rentals. We love answering your questions. We are here to support you in your rental search!

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Posted by: 8zrentals on August 14, 2013
Posted in: Tenants, Uncategorized