Questions for Potential Landlords
These are some helpful questions you can ask a landlord before moving into an apartment.
These questions can also be asked if you are thinking of renting a room in someone's
house. Use these questions to bring up issues that will be important for your evaluation
of different living options. Ask as many questions as possible before signing a lease.
- Is my room furnished? May I bring my own bed? If so, will it fit?
- What cleaning responsibilities are expected of me?
- Who will clean common areas (bathroom, kitchens)?
- May I have access to a pre-installed phone or should I have my own phone line installed?
- Can I connect to the Internet if I have a computer?
- What level of security do you practice in your house? (locks on doors/windows, security
- Have you ever had a pest control problem?
- Do you have air conditioning? If not, may I put in an air conditioner?
- Can I hang things on the walls? May I use adhesive on the walls/ceilings?
- Do I have access to a washer/dryer?
- Is there any other area (besides my personal space) that I may use as storage?
- Where can I park my car?
- Will my guests have a place to park?
- Are you planning on any construction or remodeling?
- What are my financial obligations?
- Do you provide a written lease or should I?
- Do you have a contact number for past lessors as a reference?
- What utilities will I need to pay?
- Does the rent include laundry priviledges?
- Does the rent include parking?
- Do you only lease to students?
- Is this unit zoned for student housing?
Questions Specific to a Room in a Private Home
- Do I have to be home by a specific time?
- Do I need to let you know when I am not coming home?
- What other chores are expected of me, and how often?
- Do you have any pets? May I have pets?
- Does anyone in the house smoke? May I or my guests?
- May I drink alcohol in the house?
- Do I have a lock on my bedroom door with a key? If not, may I put one on my door?
- Do I have my own key to the house?
- Do I have my own bathroom or do I share a bathroom?
- May I use your kitchen to store food? Cook?
- May I play my music?
- May I have a computer/Do I have access to a computer?
- May I use your television or do you prefer I have my own television?
- What entrance do you prefer I use?
- May I have daytime or overnight guests?
- May I have guests of the opposite sex (overnight)?
- Is there a limit to the number of guests I may have at one time?
- Who else will be living in the house? Will this remain the same?
- How well does everyone get along in the house currently?
- What are your expectations in concern of kitchen use, cooking, refridgerator, etc?
- What are expectations in regard to curfews?
- What are your expectations in regard to music listening, volume, etc?
- What is your policy in regard to visitors and overnight guests?
- Do you have any religious/spiritual expectations that I should know about?
- What is your policy in regard to bathroom privileges i.e. shower, hot water, water,
- What is your policy in regard to privacy - locks on doors?
- What is your policy in regard to phone privileges?
- How many people live here? Plans to add more?
Many rooms in a family house are informal contracts. Please protect yourself and the
items above in writing along with the appropriate lease contents. Landlords should
appreciate you being responsible in protecting both interests.