1) Condition of the Building - Visually check the
condition of the Building. You don't not want to stay in one which might
collapse any moment.
2) Safety - Inquire if there is a guard in-house and if
there is a chowkidar/guard at night and his reliability. Is the area a quiet
neighborhood with ample lightning at night.
3) Agreement/Contract - Study the terms and conditions of
the agreement. The landlord will have clauses to protect his/her interests but
the same time those should not compromise yours as well. If in doubt get a copy
of the same before signing and discuss with a confidant if is alright to go for
it. The document is vital which proves your status as a paying guest/tenant. Get
an original signed document from the owner if not a notarized copy of the
original. Receipts of payment made which includes advances and security if any
should be handed to you in original.
3) Inquire - Inquire from the current occupants the
general living conditions of the house. It is mandatory for the landlord to give
new tenants details to the nearest police station, not doing so can compromise
your own safety as your roommate can be of dubious nature.
Verification Form .
4) Location - The house should be suitably located to
your workplace or place of study i.e. University, college or school. Long
distance can be a nuisance as it consumes your productive time.
5) Size of the Room - Ideally a 10 X 12 room is
enough for 2 occupants. This will include 2 beds, 2 almirahs and 2 medium
study tables. Look for an airy room with a verandah preferable to unwind after a
6) Bathroom/Toilet - It is advisable to have an attached
bathroom and toilet for your personal use rather than sharing with more than one
7) Electricity/Water - It is preferable to have a backup
for electricity as summers are hot. Water should be uninterrupted through a
constant overhead tank supply.
8) Meals - Some facilities offer an in-house meal supply.
The rent will be a bit higher when 3 meals are included. Otherwise one can
engage a supply from the tiffinwala. It is imperative to check the quality of
food and hygiene from either.
9) Drinking Water - Check that the facility has a
water-purifier system. The old double-candle purifier is out-dated which has
given way to a 3 stage purifier like Aquaguard or where the water supply is
really impure a RO (Reverse Osmosis) system.
10) Laundry - Inquire if clothes can be given in-house
for washing and ironing as it will save time to engage someone outside.
11) Fan/Air Cooler/Air Conditioner - Most of the
facilities will have at least a fan or a cooler to tide those summer months. An
Air Conditioned room will fetch a higher rent , negotiate with the owner if
12) TV/Internet WIFI - Most houses have a living room
with a common TV for entertainment. Now that unlimited internet access rates
have come down, most facilities offer WIFI access points in their premises.