8 September 2016

Renting for the First Time in Las Vegas

As the leading supplier of Las Vegas homes for rent, Triumph is all too keenly aware of the difficulties that first time renters can face. Here, we take a quick look at what these difficulties are and how first-time renters should respond to these challenges.

If you’re renting for the first time in Las Vegas, there are quite a few things that you should bear in mind. These factors include:

  • Knowing what you want
  • To understand and appreciate location
  • To budget for your tenancy
  • To know your responsibilities

Let’s go through each of these factors in turn, looking at the essential points that all first-time renters need to keep in mind.

Knowing what you want

So let’s begin at the very bottom. You’ve decided to become a first-time renter in Las Vegas. This could be for any number of reasons. You may have landed a great job, or perhaps you’re looking to settle down with that special other in your life.

Whatever the reason, you need to think about what the property needs to have. Are there a certain number of rooms you need? What about transport options – is it convenient for work and/or recreational activities?

Though this may sound obvious, you’d be surprised with the number of first-time renters who simply don’t know what they want beyond the fact that they know they need a rental. Take the time to list these essential points before going any further.

To understand and appreciate location

Rental property prices vary, and tend to vary for – amongst other reasons – the location of the property. Try to be realistic about your budget (something we assess below). Avoid unrealistic expectations for the location you’d like. Beggars cannot be choosers, after all.

But, as we learned earlier, you also have to consider location for other reasons, too. For example, where you work can play a huge role. How do you feel about noise levels, access to motorways, or even access to convenience stores and childcare services?

Location can therefore play an enormous role for families. You’ll have to determine how important location is for you. Knowing what you need, along with knowing what location matches those needs, can many any preliminary search that much more productive.

To budget for your tenancy

Renting for the first time in Las Vegas can be daunting. You not only need to consider the monthly rental payment, but also ancillary costs such as food, electricity, and the Internet connection, among other costs.

And this says nothing about living costs and costs due to existing debts. This can be a long and protracted calculation and, what’s more, it’s all too easy to underestimate! Try to paint a broad brush of potential and actual expenses while staying realistic at all times.

Only then can you decide what rental payment you can actually afford. No rental agreement should be signed if you’re barely able to get by. This is not in the interests of the tenant, nor in the interests of the landlord. In other words, tenants must have fiscal breathing space.

To know your responsibilities

Renters, like landlords, come with their own set of responsibilities. These responsibilities are not just moral, such as the upkeep of the property, but also legal. Violating these legal responsibilities renders void any contract you may have, opening you up to eviction.

So renters need to be smart. They shouldn’t sign the lease agreement without first having gone through each obligation. You should only sign the agreement if you’re a) agree to abide by each obligation and b) are willing to carry out each obligation.

Landlords, too, need to fulfil their side of the bargain. Landlords cannot do as they please, meaning tenants should know what limitations are placed on landlords. Property law can be cumbersome and complex. Take the time to learn it, and learn it well.

Final thoughts

Renting for the first time in Las Vegas doesn’t have to be difficult. With effective planning and due consideration of your responsibilities, finding that first rental property – and operating within it – is just around the corner.

As the old saying goes, you should prepare to fail if you fail to prepare.

If you’d like to learn more about Las Vegas homes for rent, check out this page for more information. As the leading supplier of rental homes in Las Vegas, Triumph is equipped with the knowledge and experience to help you overcome any challenge.