Ask and You Shall Receive: Rental Perks You Might Get if You Ask!

In general, the terms of your rental contract tend to be in your landlord’s hands. Most apartments do not come with extra services like a concierge, room service, or much housekeeping. While typical rentals do not come with such amenities, there are added bonuses available you might receive, if you just ask for them. What is an extra parking space worth? In most apartment buildings, spaces are limited to a per apartment space, but there are usually one or two spots tucked away in back, or an extra storage space nobody is using. If these things exist, there is definitely not enough to go around for everyone in the building, so how does one acquire these? You may have to put your name on a waiting list, orĀ  pay an additional monthly fee, but the spot could be yours if you ask for it. rent

If you’ve found the perfect rental that has everything you’re looking for, but is clearly outlined in the fine print that your beloved dog Chappy isn’t welcome to live in the building, don’t walk away just yet. It’s worth asking if there are any exceptions to the policy, as sometimes a landlord might just own a few properties and not be familiar with all of the fine print himself. If you explain that your pet is well behaved, and provide references that backup the fact that you’re an excellent neighbor, you might just walk away with a lease; although you might be looking at a little higher rent, or a pet damage deposit. If you’re an existing tenant, and wish to get a pet, you might have a greater shot at getting accepted, as you’ve already proven to be a responsible tenant, and your landlord most likely won’t want to lose your lease. You can also ask if the property management company offers any incentives for referring a friend – does your girlfriend need a place to live? Bonus for you if you refer her to your landlord and they give you some cash in exchange for her business. At any rate, nothing is never worth asking; as and you might receive! For more information on Seattle Rentals,click here.

Can Your Landlord Require You to Invest in Renter’s Insurance?

The quick answer is yes; an influx of landlords are requiring their tenants to have a renter’s insurance policy set in place, during the time of their tenancy. This must be addressed before the signing of a lease, and outlined within your lease. In other words, your landlord may not require you to obtain a policy half way through your lease term, but when your lease is up and it’s time to renew, they can add that within the requirements that need to be met for an updated lease. rental

While some renters don’t feel the need for insurance, there are actually benefits for both renters and landlords, as a result of having a tenant with renter’s insurance. The first good thing renters should know is that having renter’s insurance is relatively inexpensive, (usually between $125-$175 a year) and provides decent coverage, should something happen to your home. What can insurance cover you ask? Things like damage done to your home from flooding, fires, and people stealing your belongings to name a few, and when these things happen, it’s nice to not have to eat all of the costs, and have insurance providers take some of the weight off your plate. It can also provide some liability coverage should someone get hurt in your home, a dog bite, etc. If you’re interested in obtaining a policy even if you’re not required, it can really be a small price to pay, in the case of extensive damage. Calling your insurance provider to receive a quote is a good first step.