Posted on 09/01/2020 8:30 AM | by NaijaHouses
When skimming through a rental agreement, you’d be forgiven for wondering if there’s anything you’re actually allowed to do within the four walls of the house you’re about to inhabit.
The rules governing the occupancy of residential rental properties are many and varied, chiefly to ensure the landlord receives their property back in the same condition in which they rented it out.
But if you’re not afraid to ask some questions and make a request or two, you might be surprised to discover what your landlord will allow you to do.
Even if your rental agreement says “no pets”, at many properties you’ll likely be allowed some sort of furry friend.
When this writer recently moved into a new apartment there was more than half a page of fine print dedicated to the strict ban on pets within the property. But with a quick call from the agent to the landlord, a kitten was approved in less than five minutes.
Many landlords’ rules around pets are there to prevent damage, so creating a pet resume can help reassure the landlord that your pet isn’t likely to be a problem.
Want to partition off part of your rented apartment, or add a door to create another bedroom or living space?
Hocking Stuart Richmond Department Manager – Property Management, Jo Leonardis, says some of her previous tenants have taken it upon themselves to make additions to properties that significantly altered their layout, particularly in warehouse-style spaces.
But Leonardis says you’re far better to ask first or you risk having to pay for the renovation to be reversed.
“Sometimes tenants, if they’ve got a bedroom that doesn’t have a door or it’s more of a mezzanine style, they do go out of their way to install a wall or a door or something to block off that room and use it as a bedroom, and/or study or whatever to suit their purposes,” she says.
“It can go two ways: the owner loves it for the fact that they’ve got this extra room… or they want it removed immediately because it does affect either the structure of the appeal of the property.”
Newer security systems are now so advanced that they can run exclusively through your home WiFi and need no internal wiring in the house.
Many of the systems are app-based, allowing you to check up and control everything when you’re not at home, and because you don’t need to install anything, if you move to another rental property in 12 months’ time, you can easily pack it up and take it with you.