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I'm making a checklist for renting a house

I'm planning to make a checklist and also make copies and give it to other new gringos that are coming to Cuenca. The list is called "Do’s and Don'ts of renting a house or apartment" and I need your help to complete it.

I have met a few people who told me for example that the Ecuadorian landlords don't ever return the deposit, or I need to bargain, or I should go with a native, etc.

Could you please help me to complete the list below and write your experiences dealing with Ecuadorian landlords. This will save others time, money, headache, etc.

What to do/not to do when you are renting in Ecuador:

1) Rental agreements are going to be in Spanish. Make sure you understand the terms. Find someone to translate it for you.
2) Take a native Spanish speaker with you to negotiate the rent
3) Sign or don't sign (I heard that from one expat) the lease (debatable)
4) If the rent is $500, shoot for $400 and negotiate from there
5) Before you sign the lease, make sure that your appliances fit the electric/gas in the house
6) You probably won't get your security deposit back, plan ahead and stay one month longer (debatable)
7) If you want to make any changes to the apartment, talk about it before signing the rent contract.
8) ............................................
9) Find out beforehand who is going to pay for repairs. Sometimes the landlord says that ..."I’m not responsible for fixing the leak or replacing the roof."
10) ..............................................................

Please feel free to add /remove items to the list.

Thank you for your time

Jay: mirpourj@gmail.com