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First appearances are not everything. This expression is not only accurate but important to keep in mind when meeting with potential landlords. Most landlords are business people which mean they know how important first impressions are. They will probably dress for success and offer you the world, but what is really behind that smile? As a potential tenant, it is up to you to find out.

Trustworthy or Lazy?

The condition of the apartment or house is a clear indication of the type of landlord you are working with. If you notice there are problems in the building, ask what this is about. Find out how long the problem has been there. Creaky doors, leaking faucets, poor water pressure, drafty windows, cracks in the foundation, old appliances - all of these can be problematic and are the landlord's responsibility. If they have been like this for a while, then there is a good chance that these will also be issues when you move in.

You can also check the condition of the shared areas in the building as well as the exterior and interior. If the building looks like it is crumbing, then this is an indication that the landlord is quite lazy and not willing to pay to fix it. This could mean that, once you have signed the lease, you are on your own for any problems or repairs that need to be done.

One of the ways to determine whether your landlord is going to be a good match for you is to speak to look over leases carefully and speak to others in the building. After you have met with your landlord and if you happen to run into someone coming or going, politely ask them what they think of living in the building. If you are polite about it there is no reason why they won't tell you the honest truth. You may find out that the landlord is a lazy jerk or you may find out that the other tenants love living there. This is one of your best ways to find out what your landlord is really like.

Know Your Landlord

Do a quick search online of your landlord to see if anything comes up. There is a good chance that you won't find anything unless there was a major court case, lawsuit or issue in the building. If this is the case, then it might be a good idea to walk away now rather than later. If you are working with a property management company, you can also check online to ensure that they are actually registered real estate brokers. Many are not and thus not worth your time.

When meeting your landlord, you need to be direct with what you want. You are working as a partnership which means you have the right to voice your opinions. If you are not happy with something in the lease, them him know. You may be able to work it out or you may find that the lease is set in stone. If your landlord is not willing to listen to your ideas or needs, then he may be too stubborn for you to handle.

Finally when it comes to knowing what to look for in a trustworthy landlord, you need to trust your instincts. If you feel like something isn't right, then something is most likely not right. There are some people you mesh with and others that you will clash with. If you do not mesh with one landlord, move on to another building and another landlord. A personality clash at first meeting is often a clear indication to keep looking.

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