Renting in Bangalore
I went through the entire process of renting a home in Bangalore and just wanted to give hints on how to go about it.
For renting any place in Bangalore, you have to pay a 10 month advance on your rent. This is a de-facto rule which is valid in almost all places unless you know the landlord very well or have used some of your connections. If you don’t have that kind of money, then please look for a PG which are also in plenty all over the city. Some of these are really good with comforts like TV, AC etc thrown in. Some of them have time restrictions, so do find out in case you plan to keep late hours.
Now it has been decided that you are paying the 10 month advance. Next up you have to decide if you want to hunt around on your own or take the help of a broker.
You convey your budget and other requirements to the broker and he takes you around various places. If you like any particular place, then he will contact the concerned landlord and leaves the rest up to you. For this he will charge you a fee which is generally a month’s rent as his brokerage. This is very negotiable and try to drive as hard a bargain as you can. Of course you can’t get out of paying him because he knows where you live!!!!
If you want to look around on your own, this a very good option as well. You can discover many parts of the city in this manner and get to know the localities, the roads, where the good eat outs are located etc. If you are new to Bangalore, then get a map of the city and start roaming the various places that are preferable to you. You can also check out Free Ads and AdMag which are available on every newsstand and have tons of postings usually sorted by area. If you prefer the online variety then there are a number of availabilities posted here. Sulekha also has a number of postings for people looking for PG’s, Room-mates as well as Rents. Most of the ads posted here and genuine and you can go and check them out.
If you are strictly looking only for apartments, its better to go through an agent because they can get you some very nice places which you may not be able to find on your own. Good things don’t come free do they? Anyways that choice is fully yours.
Important points to note: ask the landlord what is included in the rent and what is included in the maintenance. Also ask them how you would go about fixing leaking taps, fixtures etc. if and when you have these problems. If you are going to share the apartment with someone, then include everyone’s names in the contract. There are also some painting charges and maintenance charges that are levied when you leave the place. Make sure you clarify these before hand. These points are generally included in the contract so read it carefully. Also find out how the rent is to be paid and when. Please inspect the apartment and look for any cracks, signs of water seepage etc. This will become more visible now since the rains have already started.
Whew! I guess that’s a huge checklist. Leave your queries in the comments if you have any. And any more hints and suggestions are welcome.
Happy House Hunting!