TIPS ON SECURING A RENTAL PROPERTY IN NIGERIA QUI
Renting a place any where in Nigeria can be difficult, especially after looking through the pages of newspapers and meeting with real estate agents and landlords. Here are some tips on how to secure your perfect home any where in Nigeria.
Make a good impression
Although it may sound obvious, it will really help to make a good impression especially the first time you meet the landlord or agent, a good impression could help you secure the place. Looking for a place to rent is like going for a job interview, be at your best, dress smart or casually, wear a smile, be friendly, if you have a family don’t be afraid of letting the landlord or the agent know. A good first impression would give you that slight edge.
“Looking for a place to rent is like going for a job interview, be at your best, dress smart or casually, wear a smile, be friendly”
Be ready with a down payment.
Once you view a property and it meets your expectations and you are happy, it’s a good idea to have a down payment ready. This is because most times you are not the only one interested in that particular property, after making a good first impression most landlords or agent would be happy to take a certain percentage of the full rental amount from you, which is like an insurance bond showing your level of seriousness. However ensure that the landlord or real estate agent is credible before giving money.
Signing some form of agreement.
It pays to sign some form of document when you give money to a landlord or an agent as a down payment. If there is no formal documentation, do not be afraid of getting signatures on a piece of paper, scribbling something down, mention the name of the person who you made payment to, what day and time, if possible get them to sign. This would come handy in case of a dispute.
Have a good rental history.
If you have rented before its important that you are able to show evidence of a good rental history, some landlords or agents might require phone number of your most recent landlord or co tenants. They want to know what type of tenant you were, and if you paid you’re rent on time. They might ask you questions like where have you lived before? And why you are looking for a new place to rent? Have a good reference and go prepared just in case.
“If you have rented before its important that you are able to show evidence of a good rental history”