10. Find out rent rates in the neighbourhood.
You can even do it online using websites like Quikr and OLX. Once you have an idea of the rates here, you can use it to drive a hard bargain. Ask what the maintenance charges are per month and whether the owner will provide his PAN details so that you can claim tax exemption.
11. Can you make changes to the house?
If yes, to what extent can you make changes to the flat? Can you drive nails into walls? Repaint? Install cabinets? If any changes are allowed does the landlord need to the house restored to it original condition while vacating? Sort this out with your landlord before you take the house.
12. Does it get noisy, dusty or smelly?
Another aspect to check out is whether the house is located on a busy street that gets dusty and noisy? Also, check for sources of noise like party halls, clubs, construction sites, etc. To find out, visit the site at different times–and yes, be aware for bad smells that could indicate the presence of a garbage dump in the vicinity. Then, decide if you still want to live here.
13. Is parking available?
Ask your landlord how many vehicles you can park in the parking lot. Do you need to pay extra for parking? Ask to be shown the parking spot and make sure you have easy access in and out the building.
14. Are the things you need close-by?
Google maps listing showing nearby ATMs
Look around you and see if there are malls, hospitals, petrol stations, schools, restaurants, ATMs and public transportation conveniently located near the house you’re looking at.
If you don’t want to go around and look for these things, open up google maps and easily search for them.
15. Walk through the property with the landlord.
You like what you see and you’ve made the decision to take the house. We recommend that you do one last thing – walk through the house along with the landlord and let him know what you think is the condition of the flat. This way, you both will know the problems at the time of taking it over and there won’t be any trouble when you vacate.
For safety’s sake, make a video of all that you see in the flat and point out the faults in there so that you’re not blamed or charged for not maintaining the flat well.
16. Rent agreement
When you’ve finally decided to take the house it is important that you enter into a rent agreement with the landlord. Everything that you decide should be recorded in the agreement. Everything including rent, security deposit, maintenance, repairs, parking, insurance and pet rules must be put into it. Don’t agree to anything orally, it will keep you from any trouble later.