What are your responsibilities as a tenant?

Reading responsibilities as a tenant and signing the agreement

If you are renting a home and you are a tenant, there are some rules you should follow. If this is new for you, and you don’t have any experience, a guide can help. Before renting, read the contract, there will be most of your responsibilities as a tenant about paying bills and doing changes in a home.


Renting a condo for the first time brings a lot of obligations.

The landlord should tell you everything in advance, but some things are universal for all. Renting an apartment is a big step, and if it is your first time moving, it is a very special event. Now when you are no longer living with your parents, paying the rent will not be your only responsibility.

Your responsibilities as a tenant

When you become a tenant, you should know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and it is not only paying bills. Tenant agreement will give you most of the info, but before you find a perfect house/apartment do research in advance and know what to expect.

  • The first and primary responsibility is to pay rent of course. But, beside monthly rent, landlords will ask for a security deposit. In most cases, it is rent for one or two months. So, when you sign the lease, the next step is paying a deposit in advance.
  • Ask your landlord what changes can you make around the home. If you are renting an unfurnished place, move your furniture with U. Santini Moving and Storage Brooklyn and decorate. Can you paint the walls, hang paintings, ask in advance so you can make a floor plan.
  • If you are leaving the rented apartment, make sure to leave it clean and undamaged. You should repair all the damages you have made before you leave the place.
  • Keep the home clean and take care of it. After moving in, It’s not your responsibility to fix the roof, walls, heating, electricity, but you should take care of it. To avoid rental scams read the agreement twice and don’t sign a blank contract. If you make a major repair, your landlord shouldn’t charge you rent for the next month or months.
  • Follow all the building or house rules. For example, no loud music after 10 pm.
  • Make an effort to prevent moisture accumulation, it is one of your responsibilities as a tenant because it can grow mold.

Moving your items to a new home

When you are moving from one home to another, you will relocate your belongings too. But, sometimes (actually most of the time) you won’t be able to move all the items. There is one good thing about that, relocation will be cheaper when you have fewer items. By knowing how much items you have to move, you’ll be able to predict how much relocation will cost. If your new home is furnished, then you will pack only decorations, clothing, dishes, and valuables.

Packing boxes.

Before you sign the agreement, see how many items can you pack and move into your new home.