Finding a new home is one of the most important decisions you can make. Therefore, it is important to do your research before completing a rental application and signing the lease.
- Read your lease carefully before signing.
- Ask questions about anything that is unclear.
- Put everything in writing, including agreements, notices and requests.
- Keep a copy of the lease signed by you and the owner or manager, as well as any community policies or rules. Under Texas law you have a right to receive a copy of your lease.
- Make a checklist of the condition of the property and any furnishings when you move in. (Most properties will provide you with an inventory and condition form). Sign it, have the manager sign it, and keep a copy. This will be helpful if there is a dispute over deductions for repairs when you move out.
- Keep your rent payment current. Even if you have a dispute, you should not withhold rent since that could make you subject to eviction.
A few provisions that you want to make sure you pay particular attention to include, the basic rent plus any other amounts due each month, deposits and late fees; the due date; the length of the lease and the required time frame for notice before ending your lease.