As a tenant, there are several things you need to do before you start looking for a new rental property. When you want to move to a new place, make sure you pay attention to the timing and the requirements of your current lease.
Give Your Landlord Appropriate Notice
The first thing you need to do is check your lease. You will need to know when that lease expires and how much notice you have to give. Some leases will require a 30-day notice period, and others will require 60 days. When you start looking for homes and applying to rent a new property, reputable landlords will require a rental verification, and your current landlord will not release any information until you have given proper notice.
Look for Your New Home
Start looking for your new property, and make sure you read through the landlord guidelines. Usually, those are posted on the property manager’s website. You want to make sure there isn’t something there that will prevent you from renting the home. Take a look at their pet policy, because some of them will have strict weight limits. Make sure you can meet the requirements before you apply. If you have any questions, ask. Don’t waste your money on nonrefundable application fees.
Apply for the Home You Want
Once you find a property you like, fill out the application completely. The market moves fast here in Fort Worth. There’s a high demand and low supply, so properties are claimed quickly. Fill out your application and supply your necessary documents, which will usually be an I.D. and your pay stubs, or tax records if you’re self-employed. Get to know the move-in process and make sure you understand the timing requirements. At Moxie Property Management in Forth Worth, we require a security deposit to be paid within 24 hours of approval, and then the lease must start within two weeks of approval. Make sure you didn’t just give a 60-day notice to your current landlord if you have to move into your new home right away. You’ll be paying double rent for some time.
These are just a few of the things to consider before you move. If you have any questions, we’d be happy to help you. Contact us at Moxie Property Management.