Should you Rent an Apartment Sight Unseen?
When renters are unable to visit their apartment before signing a lease, the agreement is concluded with the “sight unseen,” meaning that the renters had never viewed the property before making the agreement.
If you’re moving from out-of-state, it’s likely the option of renting an apartment sight unseen has come to mind. This can be a serious decision that determines your satisfaction with the unit. Learn about the pros and cons of renting an apartment sight unseen here.
Faster Closing Time: The most obvious benefit of renting an apartment without walking the property first is a faster “closing” time. This is perfect for renters in a hurry to move from their current home, or who are interested in moving their belongings over a sustained period of time.
Easier for Out-of-State Tenants: When you are moving to a Charles County MD apartment from out of state, it may be difficult to visit the area before renting. In this case, it’s often easier for families moving from outside Maryland to rent their apartment sight unseen, and sign a short-term lease in the event the area or unit doesn’t fit their needs.
Uncertainty: If you’re renting an apartment sight unseen, it’s difficult to be positive that the unit will fit your needs entirely. There should be things that you don’t enjoy, such as the floorplan, storage space, or appliances. This is one of the primary reasons landlords suggest all tenants walk the property before signing a lease.
Call Out Prior Damage: Once you move into your apartment unit, you are held responsible for any damage and wear and tear that has been done to the unit. Things like stains in the flooring, damage to paint, and other small issues that were there before you moved in could become your financial responsibility at the time you move-out. To protect your security deposit, we recommend walking your unit with a leasing agent to ensure any and all damage is noted is the previous tenant’s responsibility.
Overall, renting an apartment without walking it before signing your lease can be a risky decision. While there are some pros (particularly for families who are moving from out-of-state) it is worthwhile for any residents in the area to take time out of their schedule to walk the property. Not only are you increasing your likelihood of being happy in your new rental, but you are also protecting your security deposit by ensuring that all damage that existing in your apartment before you moved in is the financial responsibility of the property, not you.