Tip to deal with landlords when renting apartment in Ho Chi Minh
After finding some prospect places to stay, it is best that you know some tips to deal with landlords. Remember, no matter how friendly they may look or sound, make sure to agree upon the contract!
No matter how nice they are, always make sure to have everything agreed upon in a contract.
This is for both your own benefit and the landlord’s. It sets the boundaries and obligations of both parties. A landlord that is unwilling to sign a contract with you is probably not up to any good. With that being said, I am not wholly sure how much protection a tenant would have in Taiwan over a landlord, but better safe than sorry when it comes to issues regarding your lease.
An oral contract is not a contract
Get everything down in writing and make sure it is fair to you and the landlord. Nobody will care if you have an oral agreement. Even if it is recorded, that won’t hold up.
If something is broken, try and fix it
If you can’t fix it, tell the landlord immediately. This is especially true if you have just moved into a new place and you find things are broken. When I moved into my apartment, the shower pressure and temperature was bipolar and a myriad of different things were cracked, smashed or completely broken.
The last lease holder should have told the landlord and they were lucky they got their deposit back. I told the landlord immediately and everything was fixed. A lot of landlords will be helpful if within first month of your stay. Some will request you fix things yourself and foot the cost yourself.
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