Real Estate

5 Must-Dos Before Renting A Home

Be it a house, an apartment or a condo unit, get the lowdown on the property before signing a contract


Much like buying a car or getting a new job, renting a home is a big decision that can make your life turn 360-degrees. From finding a comfortable space where you can eat or sleep, to the distance from your work or school and where you shop or do recreational activities, it affects every aspect of your lifestyle. 

Before making up your mind about a place, remember to do your homework as a renter—after all, it can be very difficult to cancel a lease once you've signed it. Here's a list of things you can do to help you make the right choice: 

1. Study the area. 

Before moving in, take a stroll around the vicinity or drive around within a 10-block radius. Is it near a hospital? Are supply stores—pharmacy, supermarket or hardware—within walking distance? Is it close to bars and restaurants? If so, is it a noisy part of town? It's not up to the landlord to check the surroundings so make sure to allot a day to do it before you agree to anything.

2. If you share space with pets, let the landlord know in advance.

Save yourself the trouble of falling in love with a property, making arrangements to move in and then having to look for a new place because you didn't tell the landlord about your furry friends. If the homeowner doesn't allow pets, start looking for new prospects—a breach of tenancy can lead to conflict or worse, eviction. 

3. Inquire about repair. 

If the walls of the house are looking a little tired or there are minor leaks in the pipes, you can ask the landlord about the terms and conditions of renovation. Most of the time, they work on the repairs before letting anyone settle in. Just remember to check that everything is done before you sign the tenancy agreement or issue cheques of payment. 

4. Don't be afraid to negotiate. 

If there are clauses in the contract that you're not happy with, don't hesitate to challenge your landlord to tweak or change it. It is very important that you're both confident and comfortable with the terms of tenancy to avoid disputes in the future.

5. Ask for everything in writing. 

Whatever it is, as long as it is for your security as a tenant, you can ask for a printed and signed copy. This includes the tenancy agreement, landlord information, agent information (if any), gas safety certificate, and emergency numbers. 

More on

5 Things to Check Before Moving into a Rented Home

5 Things All Renters Should Always Remember

Renter Alert: 5 Things You Need To Know About Tenant Rights


Latest Stories

This Elevated Walkway In Ortigas Makes Pasig A More Walkable City

The walkway is one of a series of new pedestrian areas rising in Ortigas Center

How Do You Divide Conjugal Property When You Get Annulled?

It's not as simple as 50/50.

4 Questions To Ask Your Interior Designer

Develop a healthy relationship with your design professional for a beautiful home

Designer Pieces We Love in Derek Ramsay’s House in Alabang

The actor doesn’t shy away from investing in pieces that make his home distinct and personal

6 Ways To Increase Storage At Home

From custom-designed pieces to minimalist shelves, explore clever ideas to amp up your storage potential

Here's How To Keep Your Clothes Wrinkle-Free When Traveling

Get perfect OOTD's with this handy (and travel-friendly) gadget!

Neutral Colors Make This 50sqm Condo Unit Extra Homey

Taking inspiration from an accent wall, interior designers Honey Mutia Cervantes and Rosa Manduriao were able to achieve a modern yet comfy look for a one-bedroom vacation home in the city

5 Plants That Can Repel Mosquitoes

Keep your home safe and these pesky pests away with these natural solutions

This One Home Appliance Can Cause A Fire

Hint: Did you straighten your hair this morning?

Would You Live Inside This 9sqm Water Pipe?

This modern designer studio unit (inside a water pipe!) in Hong Kong may be the home of the future

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray Is An Awesome Artist

We discovered the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winner has some mad painting skills!

8 Properties That Will Make You Want to Move to Pampanga ASAP

When it comes to investing in real estate, Pampanga is the place to be right now
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!