FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens if I vacate the premises prior to the termination date of the lease?
Vacating the premises prior to the termination date of the lease results in the forfeiture of the tenant’s entire deposit to the owner. In addition, the tenant is also charged for any cleaning or repair costs that may be required to return the unit to the same condition as at the time of possession.
How are utility bills handled?
Utility bills, such as electric and gas are billed directly to the tenant. In the case of a single-family home rental, the water, sewer and garbage bill remain in the owner’s name and are paid for by the owner.
Can I sublease my residence?
Tenant(s) may sublease a residence subject to Select Homes Property Management approval of the prospective tenant. Tenant will be charged $100.00 for changing all pertinent records. Or you may employ Select Homes Property Management to sublease your residence; the sublease fee of $250 is due and payable when the residence is re-rented. We at no time guarantee the re-rental. You will be released of all obligations only when the residence has been rented.
My roommate wants to move. Can I change my roommate?
All persons in each residence must be signed on the lease and be pre-approved by Select Homes Property Management. A roommate change is subject to Select Homes Property Management’ approval of the new tenant. Tenant will be charged $75 roommate change fee for preparing and changing all records.
Select Homes Property Management must approve any alterations of the lease. The premises shall be occupied only by those persons who have signed he application, lease, and rules. Occupancy by any other person is not permitted and will be treated as a breach of the lease agreement. A tenant violating this provision will be assessed a monthly amount of $100 and any occupant who has not signed the lease will be treated as a trespasser.
Can I have guests stay with me?
Occupancy by guests for more than 14 days is prohibited without the Property Manager’s written consent. Tenant is responsible for their own proper conduct and that of all guests, including the responsibility for understanding and observing all policies and rules. Your rental unit is to be used only as a private residence for those listed on the Residential Lease Agreement.
Can I hang pictures on the walls?
Unless prohibited by the Residential Lease Agreement, pictures may be hung on a thin nail. Mirrors, wall units, hanging wall or light fixtures, etc. need special attention and professional installation. Please contact the Property Manager for approval in advance, as damage to the Premises will be the responsibility of the Tenant.
Can I have a pet?
No animals or pets may be kept or are allowed on the Premises by the Tenant or their guests unless the Tenant and Owner have approved an Animal Agreement in advance.
Do I need renter’s insurance?
We highly recommend you purchase renter’s insurance. The Owner’s property insurance policy will not cover the replacement of your personal belongings if they are lost due to fire, theft, accident, earthquake or other types of loss. This includes your vehicles, furnishings, and all other personal property. In addition, you could be found liable if someone is injured on the premises you rent as a result of your negligence. If you damage the property itself – for example, if you start a fire in the kitchen and it spreads – you could be responsible for large repair bills.