House hunting in Cameroon can be difficult and soul searching especially in the towns of Douala,Buea,limbe and Yaoundé. If you are constrained by budget, you’d have to make up for it by doing a lot of street walking.And if money is not your problem, you’d be spoilt with choices from wherever you are, and the only issue will be the total comfort of where you are moving to.
Regardless of your situation, one thing is certain; you must be diligence before paying to an agent or landlord. Failure to do this you may be miserable in that place for the tenure.
Here are 10 things to note or do before paying.
- How rental works
When you are renting a property, your rent is the most important thing to understand. It is the legally-binding agreement between yourself and the landlord that will defines how long you will be renting the property, how much you will pay each day, week, month or year and what your responsibilities are.
Signing your lease means you agree to everything that is set out in it, so be sure to read it thoroughly, because if you bridge the conditions of your rent the landlord has the right to send you out
What your right are.
When your name is on the list, you are entitle to certain right, for example, the landlord can force you to pay for things like general repair and maintenance. You also have the right to privacy, meaning the landlord can show up to the property unannounced to pester you.
- Can you afford the property .its easy to start with a clear budget when looking for a property, but when finding nothing, increase it just a little bit, this start the creeping climb of prices, where you end up convincing yourself you can afford somewhere that simply isnt possible.
- Leaving the property;
Upon the expiration of the list, you may be offer a list renewal or you can move out. If you d intern on leaving the property, you will be required to provide a few weeks notice to end your rent. As we know life is full of the unexpected and unforeseen circumstances could require you to move out prior through the expiration of the lease. Unfortunately, this can require you to pay compensation to the landlord cause by you ending the tenancy agreement early.
- Frequency of electricity supply and water supply , look around for their prepaid meter; if they don’t have, ask for the Bills and check when last they made any payment. You don’t want to be stuck with serial offenders or people with crazy bills.
6.. Bond or caution ,A rental bond is the money you pay at the start of the tenancy agreement to provide financial security to the landlord in case you breach the term of the lease. Essentially, its designed so that if you damage the property at all your lease. The landlord can keep the bond and used during repairs
- Paying rent, the method of paying rent should be stated in the lease. approve method may include electronic bank transfer, cash . if you want by cash a receipt should be issued
- Security, look around to ensure the security for all entrances and exits in the house. Any vigilante? Ask random people on the street about general security in the area. If possible, ask about the last incidence of robbery.
- Check for parking space, whether you have a car or not.
10 .I’m indifferent about the presence of a landlord in the house, but it’s often better to live without them.
Admittedly, it’s a lot of work getting a new home, but with due diligence, you can get a good one, until you move into your own house!
What do you think?