Time to rent a new home in New Milford, CT? There are a few things you will want to know.
Does my credit matter? In most cases it does. Almost every rental listing in the multiple listing service states the landlord requires a credit check.
Where do I obtain a credit check? Usually the real estate agent you are working with will run a credit check on you for a fee. If you have already had one done, show it to the agent, perhaps they will be able to use it.
What about pets? Many landlords to not accept pets, point blank. Sometimes they do, but do not indicate it on the listing. Your agent can make a call to the listing agent to check this out for you.
I have a pit bull…. This can be a big issue. There are a few breeds that many landlords cannot except for insurance reasons. Their coverage can be cancelled if their insurance company finds out there is a dog on the “do not insure list”. The list can vary from company to company, but generally this includes Pit Bull’s, Rottweiler’s, German Shepherd’s, Doberman’s or cross of these breeds. There may be more or less on the list.
Can the landlord charge me an extra deposit for my pet? In the State of Connecticut the landlord cannot charge you an extra security deposit for your pet, refundable or not. The landlord CAN charge you pet rent per month however, which is not refundable. So let’s say you are renting a place for $1,000 per month and have a dog and a cat. The landlord can charge you and additional amount per month, say $20 per month as “pet rent”, which would bring your monthly nut to $1020 per month.
How much of a deposit can a landlord charge me? If you are under 62, a landlord in Connecticut can charge you up to 2 months security deposit, but no more than that. If you are 62 or older you can only be charged 1 month’s security deposit. For more information on rental security deposits in Connecticut click here.
Who is responsible for the utilities? It depends on the landlord. Some include, some don’t. Some have a mix of what they include. Make sure you check on this prior to making an offer to lease, be very clear on what you will be responsible for!
Make sure you ask questions, you don’t want any surprises after you have signed the lease and the checks are cashed! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I will try to help!