When you first move out on your own, you may start to seriously consider whether to rent or buy. If you have the financial means to do either, it becomes a big decision to make. They both have their pros and cons.
But if you do choose to rent – after carefully considering whether to rent or buy – you should know that there are some things that can go wrong. And a lot of them have to do with the landlord.
Here are some landlord issues you could face:
Having a landlord you can never get hold of
This can become a serious problem. If your geyser breaks and you need it fixed as soon as humanly possible, you have to be able to rely on your landlord to get the job done. But, if you can’t get hold of them, what do you do? You need to be able to live in your space and if something happens to make that impossible, you need to be able to reach your landlord so that they can sort the situation out.
Having a landlord that denies responsibility
This is the worst kind of landlord you could possibly rent from. They’re the type to claim everything is your fault. They refuse to pay for anything from plumbing issues to electrical problems. They will find a way to get out of taking responsibility for anything that happens in your home. With this person you could easily find yourself using your legal insurance.
Having your landlord suddenly decide to sell
If you don’t have a long-term lease, this could become a very real issue. You could find yourself having to pack up your home with very little time to find a new living space. When you move into a place you make an effort to turn that place into a home. And having to move after all that effort can be frustrating and even physically draining.
Having a landlord try to scam you out of your deposit
This type of of landlord will find the tiniest wear and tear and tell you that it costs your entire deposit to fix. They’ll say that every problem that was there to begin with was actually caused by you at a later stage. This is why it’s really important to take photos of every little thing that’s wrong with the place as soon as you move in (and email it to your landlord).
There are so many horror stories of terrible landlords out there. And that’s why you need to be really careful who you rent from.