Sunday, April 24, 2011

Paying Guest Accommodation

Paying guest accommodation is gaining momentum, primarily due to the fact that an increasing number of people are looking for cost effective rental options.
Here are some things to look out if you are looking or paying guest accommodation:
1) Location: Opt for a purely residential area rather then a residential cum-commercial one which is located near your workplace and/or a shopping area. If you don't have a car, find out about public transport facilities in the area.
2) Facilities: Find out what facilities are offered by the landlord. These can include an attached bathroom, AC, wardrobe, basic furniture (such as a bed, chair and tables), a TV with a cable connection, as well as cleaning, security and laundry services.
3) Restrictions: Ask your landlord about any restrictions that he/she may want to impose, including whether or not you may have visitors and/or overnight guests, or if you can make any modifications to your room (e.g. repaint it).
4) Monthly Rent: Rooms can be rented in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. rentals range from Rs 3,500 per month for an unfurnished room to Rs 25,000 for a fully furnished one.
Rents also vary according to location, as well as whether or not utilities such as electricity, gas and water are included; facilities such as those mentioned above also affect the rent.
5) Tenancy Agreement: To prevent possible altercations, make sure that you and the landlord sign a tenancy agreement which specifies each one of the above mentioned points in detail.