Here are some tips to insure that you have a safe and positive rental experience.
- Tip #1- Look for the Trusted Logo
Landlords with a trusted logo have been verified by iRoommates.com
. Some landlords also have reviews from previous tenants. These reviews also provide valuable information about the landlord and the rental.
- Tip #2- Have a Phone Conversation
Have a phone conversation with the landlord. Email is an effective means of communication, but a phone call will help you verify the character of the landlord. A telephone number is also verifiable information. If a landlord will not give a phone number, do not rent from them.
- Tip #3- View The Rental
If possible, you or a friend should view the rental. If viewing the rental is impossible, ask the landlord for a document that shows that verifies are the lease holder, owner, or property manager. Examples of such documents are bills for phone, cable, utility, taxes, water or mortgage.
- Tip #4- Get a Rental Contract
Use a rental agreement. Regardless of the lease term or rental type, a signed agreement can be useful for the tenant and the landlord.
- Tip #5- Get a Government ID
Ask for a copy of valid government ID from any landlord. Do not rent from any landlord unwilling to provide an ID.
- Tip #6- Never Use a Money Transfer Service
Never use a money transfer service such as western union to send money. If you need to wire funds, use a bank to bank wire transfer. A landlord bank account is verifiable information.
- Tip #7- Send a Small Holding Deposit
A deposit to hold a rental should not exceed more than 25% of a months rent. All additional funds due should be paid when you take possession of the rental
- Tip #8- Use the Mail Center
screens messages sent via the Mail Center to insure a safe rental experience. If a suspicious term is used, the message is blocked until all users are investigated by a iRoommates.com
quality control representative. If you decide to use private emails to communicate, iRoommates.com
does not check the quality of the rental leads.
For security deposit recommendation see our related FAQ's.