Some years back, all you needed to do if you wanted a property to rent was to go to the print media’s classified section. However, the case is different today. You can also not rely on online ads alone or move from one area to another looking for a perfect house to rent.
The best approach is to engage a real estate agent to do the heavy lifting for you. You will also greatly benefit from their vast access to various properties and their wealth of experience.
Here are some reasons you should hire a real estate agent when looking for a rental property:
Total Access to Properties
Although you could be experienced using online search techniques, browsing all the realtor’s sites, and accessing multiple listing sites, you may miss out on those homes, not on the sites. Also, it may be hard to walk or drive around in the area you want to rent a house, looking for a place with a ‘house for rent’ signpost. Using a real estate agent to look for a home to rent will save you so much hassle and wasting time and give you total access to all the available properties in a location. You will receive information and accept or reject the houses or ask for more options.
Help in Lease Agreement
Since you may not be an expert in properties or law, you need someone to advise you on the various lease details. Your renter’s agent should be able to explain to you in simple language the responsibilities that each section of the lease agreement bestows on you and the implications. If the agent cannot interpret these things, they can connect you with trustworthy attorneys to analyze everything for you. The agent or the lawyer they link you with should also point out sections that need an amendment to avoid the severe issue to you in the future.
Handling Deposit Issues
Some landlords are fair when it comes to the security deposit and will not want to withhold it from you as the tenant when vacating the house. However, others are cunning and will try to justify not refunding you. Having a real estate agent will ensure the agent advises you on your duties regarding the deposit. Agents also have vast information about the market and may know about problematic landlords hence warn you to avoid such. The agent should also guide you on seeking legal redress and help you do it if the landlord retains your deposit without any solid grounds.