Making sure the rental unit is in a safe place

By Tenant

Every tenant should feel safe inside and outside his rented apartment or house, and it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure the safety of his tenants. It is the tenant’s very right to experience the enjoyment of renting and living in the unit to his own accord.

Safety issues vary from different locations i.e. urban areas have a more higher cases of crimes in the neighbourhood while rural areas safety concern include mobile phone coverage and access to medical care.

Here are some questions you need to do ask the landlord before moving in.

  • Is the area safe to live? Assess the area first before deciding to move in to be sure you know what you are getting you and your family into. You can do like a trip if you have a vehicle around the area just to check what happens in the neighbourhood. Calling the police station and ask for the crime rate and crimes made on the area where you want to rent would be helpful. Reading the local area would also be helpful for your determination if the place is safe or not.
  • Are the building/ apartment safe? Make sure that the rental unit is structurally stable and is fit to live. Also check the locks on all the windows and doors of the unit. It would also be best if you tell the landlord to change the locks and all the security codes if there are any after moving in. Don’t forget to make sure that your outside area has a porch light on and you can install motion sensors to detect any movement outside the house after you went to bed.
  • Is the building safe from fire? Contact your local fire department to know if your rental unit was recently inspected for fire safety. If not then ask them to do an inspection for you.

Edited on: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 1:15 am

15 Responses to “Making sure the rental unit is in a safe place”

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March 13th, 2013 1:20 am

It is awful to live in an area that has a very high crime rate.


March 13th, 2013 12:20 pm

It is very terrifying to live in a place where you do not feel safe.


March 13th, 2013 11:20 pm

Is it illegal for my landlord to list his apartment for rent even though the apartment is not on a safe neighbourhood?


March 14th, 2013 10:20 am

If I were on a situation where the area is not safe I would hunt my landlord down.


March 14th, 2013 9:20 pm

There are states that let you shot trespassers.


March 15th, 2013 8:20 am

Can I sue my landlord for lying?


March 15th, 2013 7:20 pm

Is there any way to make sure that my neighbourhood is and will remain safe?


March 16th, 2013 6:40 am

Is it legal for me to file a lawsuit against my landlord for not disclosing the fact about my neighbourhood?


March 16th, 2013 6:00 pm

Can I demand my landlord to install security cameras on the property?


March 17th, 2013 5:00 am

Does the house need to have fire extinguishers ready before I move in?


March 17th, 2013 4:00 pm

Ensuring that the property is safe is really important.


March 18th, 2013 3:20 am

Now I know what to do before moving in.


March 18th, 2013 2:40 pm

This post is really informative.


March 19th, 2013 1:40 am

Safety always comes first right?


March 19th, 2013 12:20 pm

Should there be some legal way to make sure that the neighbourhood would be safe?


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