City of St. Clairsville

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Questions to Ask when Looking to Rent Space

  • What is the rent for the space?
  • Does the rent include any or all utilities?
  • Is there a lease and, if so, what is it?
  • What is the length of the lease? Does it change after one year?
  • Is a security deposit required?
  • Is there gas or electric heat?
  • Who is responsible for snow removal?
  • As the tenant, am I responsible for maintenance inside?
  • Who takes care of the maintenance outside?
  • Who do I contact if something goes wrong?
  • Where is the entrance for the rental space – e.g. front of structure, side, or rear?
  • Is there a security system in place? Are there fire alarms in the unit?
  • Are telephone and internet services available?
  • What type of internet or cable service is available in the rental unit?
  • Am I responsible for trash removal or is this a responsibility of the landlord?
  • Will the landlord build to suit if needed?
  • Is there a surge protector on the fuse box?
  • Do the electrical wiring, water pipes and sewer pipes meet City Code?
  • Is there carpeting and is it in good condition?
  • Are there City, Township, County or State permits or guidelines I should be aware of?
  • Is the rental space handicap accessible and to what degree?
  • Are there restroom facilities?
  • Can a sign be attached to the building?