COFUNDIE - OTHER THINGS TO NOTE BEFORE RENTING THAT APARTMENT

OTHER THINGS TO NOTE BEFORE RENTING THAT APARTMENT

Making sure your rent is worth the living experience is essential. It would be costly to make a defective space yours. Be aware of any red flags in the apartment and make your concerns known. If your concerns are not attended to, move on to the next apartment on your list.

The process of renting an apartment, especially in Africa, can be overwhelming. The struggle to maintain the balance between comfortable and affordable has led many to make the wrong decision. And because housing isn’t something that we can opt in and out of quickly, they are forced to manage these terrible conditions.

A few weeks ago, we looked at 6 details we often overlook when searching for shelter according to the experiences of our Nigerian friends:

Now, I have asked a couple of our Ghanaian friends what they wished they knew before renting their apartments.

1. RENT PROJECTIONS

Twumasi

Location: Haatso, Greater Accra Region.

Rent: 7200 GHC p.a.

I wish I had signed a written contract with the landlord, which includes the potential rent increments for the property. My landlord keeps raising the rents at a not set rate, and I am sometimes caught by surprise.

When looking for apartments, one can easily assume that the rent will stay the same for the foreseeable future. However, it might not be the case for you. To avoid random increments and charges, it is best to sign a written contract with your landlord detailing relevant information and possibilities.

2. ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL CONDITION

Godsway

Location: Kumasi, Ashanti Region.

Rent: 3000 GHC p.a.

“Utility management and payment, Number of co-tenants and their behaviours, and the actual reason the previous tenant vacated the property.”

A property might tick all the boxes when it comes to structuring and geographical placement. However, these necessary conditions are not sufficient enough to deem the property habitable. You have to look out for the state of utilities as it says a lot about the maintenance culture of the environment. 

You should also be wary of the number of co-tenants. A rowdy building is prone to mishaps and clashes. It also means you have to share utilities and resources with more people, which has proven to be a problem. If you can, you should reach out to ex-tenants to provide an objective review of the building.

3. WATER, AGAIN

Kennedy

Location: Kumasi, Ashanti Region.

Rent: 3000 GHC p.a.

“I wish I had known the water supply was from GWC cause I don’t get water flowing throughout the week.”

The importance water holds in our survival is forever underestimated. Like we said in our previous article, “…checking to see the state of amenities like water would help you understand how efficient living there is. Renting an apartment with little to no running water means you will spend more to get good water.” Always make sure the property has running water, ALWAYS.

4. SECURITY & CO-HABITANTS

Kwame

Location: Taifa, Greater Accra Region.

Rent: 9000 GHC p.a.

“The neighbourhood security, my landlord’s behaviour, and other tenants behaviour”

Security is very, very, very important when deciding on a property. A google search of the environment is an excellent place to start. When inspecting a building, you want to look out for security details like street guards, secure fences, and CCTV cameras (if possible). 

Another detail you want to look out for is the attitude of your landlord. Many will act friendly during the house-searching process. Still, when you encounter a landlord who discriminates or is a fanatic, you might want to move on to the next apartment.

5. AVAILABLE OPTIONS

Ayisha

Location: Takoradi, Western Region.

Rent: 7200 GHC p.a.

“Building a house isn’t as difficult as it looks, seriously…”

Depending on your financial standing and preference, you might realise that you are better off owning property than renting one. Explore every option when considering your shelter. You might be surprised what you’d find.

6. THE SOCIAL STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Janet

Location: Amasaman, Greater Accra Region.

Rent: 3600 GHC p.a.

“I wish I had known the social life of the area. There are no nearby hanging spots for people my age, and I have to stay home almost always. Soo boooooring!”

An apartment can be as perfect as it can be and still not be suitable for you. A quiet environment is ideal for people who are introverted and can stay indoors for days. However, an extrovert will be better suited for a bustling environment where they can meet people and build relationships. Consider this when house-hunting.

7. SOCIAL AMENITIES IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

Esinam

Location: Nsawam, Eastern Region.

Rent: 5400 GHC p.a.

“After renting, I found out the street to the apartment is dark and empty at night. Sometimes I close from work late. On those days, either I take an uber, or I pray as I quickly walk home.”

That property might check all the boxes when it comes to amenities and resources. However, you also have to watch out for neighbourhood amenities like street lights, street gates, clear gutters, etc.

In conclusion, making sure your rent is worth the living experience is essential. It would be costly to make a defective space yours. Be aware of any red flags in the apartment and make your concerns known. If your concerns are not attended to, move on to the next apartment on your list.

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