Useful Tips for Renting a Condo

January 19, 2017

You can enjoy the condo life without actually having to buy one. Condominium rentals are usually convenient for extended downtown rentals or short term vacation rentals. However, you need to know that renting a condo is quite different from renting an apartment.

If you are interested in condos, you should read the following tips:

Renting from a condo owner

When you rent the condominium, you will sign a lease with the owner of the unit. Therefore, if you run into any problems – such as repairs that need to be performed – you should talk to the owner. The condo’s HOA (Homeowner Association) cannot help you if the unit is a rental.

The only time HOA can help is when repairs are needed outside the house. People who rent a condo are usually not allowed to attend HOA meetings. However, you can ask a neighbor to speak up on your behalf if you are running into problems.

Read the lease thoroughly

The owner should give you a comprehensive lease, which states all the rental terms. The lease should also include points about the owner’s responsibilities for condo maintenance and upkeep. Will the renter or owner be responsible for paying HOA fees?

The lease should also contain specifics about the security deposit return and the lease term. In addition to the lease, condo owners should also provide renters with the rules and regulations of the unit’s HOA.

Condo HOA rules and regulations

HOA rules and regulations are usually very extensive, covering all aspects of living in a condo from acceptable noise levels to assigned parking spaces.

According,  Ocean City, Maryland condo rentals  are 100% non-smoking. “Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere, INCLUDING the balconies. A $500.00 fine will be applied to any guest found violating this rule.”

If you do not follow these rules, you may end up having dreadful conversations with disgruntled neighbors or being charged with multiple fines.

If you keep violating HOA policies, legal action can be taken against the condo owner. To avoid this, you should always read the HOA policies and make sure that you are comfortable with them before signing anything.


Be detailed during your move-in/move-out inspection

You should conduct an inspection 3 days before you move into the unit. You should make sure that you inspect every knick and snag because the owner will be doing the same.

Don’t rely on your memory alone. Get a completed copy of the inspection, so that you can know what you are paying for and what was already faulty.

Timing is everything

You should rent a condo during off-peak seasons. Why is that the case? When you rent a condo during a busy, tourist season, the cost will most likely be higher. Therefore, you should be judicious when deciding to rent a unit and consider the season.

Check your credit

Before you consider renting a condo, you need to look at your income and credit score. While most people know their income readily, it is not as easy to know your credit score. Your potential landlord will want to know about the blemishes in your credit.

Knowing your score ahead of time will give you a chance to correct any blemishes before the property owner sees them. Moreover, you can speak about them more freely instead of being caught off-guard.

Know the area

Before looking for Ocean City, Maryland condo rentals, you should make sure that you know enough about the area.

All areas offer different experiences, so you need to do some research. If you feel overwhelmed by the task of looking for a condominium, you should reach out to a real estate agent.

When you follow the above tips, you will be in a better position to find the right condo. Make sure that you read the lease thoroughly before signing it to avoid future problems.


Author Bio

Jim Thompson

Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama

Jim is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.  He is a professional writer who has been in the business for 5 years. He has hands on experience with cars, tech, and relationship advice, among other things. Because of how quickly he can turn articles around, he is able to take on multiple projects at once. His writing experience spans from SEO articles to technical guides and everything in between.

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