I inherited my grandfather's house when he passed & it came with a one bedroom basement apartment w/a tenant already in residence. She has given notice & will be moved out by June 1. She had been here for around 15 years (much longer than us) & totally trashed the place. When she's out, I will be replacing the flooring, repainting the walls and just generally updating & scrubbing the place, so it will be all nice & new.
Because of how our home sits on a hill, the yard is terraced, so it works out that the basement apartment has its own private entrance & own private garden, complete with a lockable outside shed (tenant to provide their own lock, of course). I also have an electric mower & hedge clippers for the tenant to use, which were originally provided by my grandfather.
Inside, there is 1 bedroom, a living room, a large EIK w/refrigerator & stove, 4pc bath & a small utility/laundry room w/a gas dryer, but no washer atm.
Parking is on the street in front of the house & we are not on a busline. Because, as I mentioned, we're on a hill, the tenant will have to walk up & down 18 steps to get to & from the apartment. However, we are very close to shopping, doctor's offices, pharmacies, restaurants, etc. and about a 30 minute drive to downtown. Even though we're close to everything, we're kind of in the middle of nowhere, with few neighbors. It's nice, though, because it's quiet.
My questions are:
1) Would you provide a washing machine or leave it up to the new tenant to provide their own?
2) What would you charge for rent for this apartment?
3) How do I go about doing a credit check on someone before renting to them?
4) Is it okay to specify "no pets" in the lease even though we have 2 dogs & will be living upstairs?
Asked by Anonymous at 6:02 PM on May. 24, 2011 in Home & Garden
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