Questions to ask a landlord before signing your next lease

Jan 20, 2023

Making an informed decision is extremely important when picking your next rental because you are typically

committing to it for at least a year of accommodation. So, it's probably a good idea to be fairly confident in your choice. 


What do I look for when viewing a rental property?

There are many things that are not mentioned when you’re given a tour of you apartment or

condo prior to renting. This is why it is important to ask questions that will help you gather

all the information you need about the rental property in order to make an informed decision.


What do I ask about?

To save you time, we have created a list of some of the important questions to ask when viewing an apartment or a condo. Feel free to pick and choose the ones that are most relevant to you. We have divided the questions into rent and lease related questions as well as rent and property related questions.


Rent and lease related questions:

• What is the breakdown of the rent?

• Are there any additional fees other than rent and utilities?

• What is the due date of the rent each month?

• Are there any conditions on the type of tenant insurance required?

• What is the renewal process?

• How long is the lease term?

• What is the penalty for breaking the lease?


Unit and property-related questions:

• What is the average utilities fees per month?

• How to book an elevator?

• Where is my mail getting delivered?

• Is there guest parking?

• How are maintenance requests handled?

• What is the contact information of the security on site?

• Is there a guest policy?

• Are inspections made regularly?

• Is the rental pet friendly?

• What are the rules for decorating the property?

• Does the unit currently have any damage?

• How long of a notice is given for inspection?

• Does the unit include any storage lockers?


Keep in mind that you can ask any other questions as well and the person showing you the

property is always more than happy to answer all your questions -- after all, it is usually the most

appropriate time to get all your questions answered.

Making an informed decision is extremely important when picking your next rental because you are typically

committing to it for at least a year of accommodation. So, it's probably a good idea to be fairly confident in your choice. 


What do I look for when viewing a rental property?

There are many things that are not mentioned when you’re given a tour of you apartment or

condo prior to renting. This is why it is important to ask questions that will help you gather

all the information you need about the rental property in order to make an informed decision.


What do I ask about?

To save you time, we have created a list of some of the important questions to ask when viewing an apartment or a condo. Feel free to pick and choose the ones that are most relevant to you. We have divided the questions into rent and lease related questions as well as rent and property related questions.


Rent and lease related questions:

• What is the breakdown of the rent?

• Are there any additional fees other than rent and utilities?

• What is the due date of the rent each month?

• Are there any conditions on the type of tenant insurance required?

• What is the renewal process?

• How long is the lease term?

• What is the penalty for breaking the lease?


Unit and property-related questions:

• What is the average utilities fees per month?

• How to book an elevator?

• Where is my mail getting delivered?

• Is there guest parking?

• How are maintenance requests handled?

• What is the contact information of the security on site?

• Is there a guest policy?

• Are inspections made regularly?

• Is the rental pet friendly?

• What are the rules for decorating the property?

• Does the unit currently have any damage?

• How long of a notice is given for inspection?

• Does the unit include any storage lockers?


Keep in mind that you can ask any other questions as well and the person showing you the

property is always more than happy to answer all your questions -- after all, it is usually the most

appropriate time to get all your questions answered.