10 tips to help New Mexicans avoid potentially dangerous illegally converted living spaces
5 years ago
Know the market. Be wary of units that advertise significantly lower price points for comparable apartments in the area.
Beware of the words “basement” or “attic.” Ads that use these words are often for apartments that typically lack adequate exits.
Avoid apts that have rooms without windows or very small windows. These are often found in illegal cellar or basement apartments
Beware the word “flex” implying the apt conversion to a multi-bed w/ partition – installing walls w/o proper permits is illegal.
“Utilities included” is a red flag. A landlord may not want utilities under another name connected to the property.
Avoid apts with odd layouts. They are often described as “unique” or “interesting” and are oddly situated (ie shower in the kitchen).
Be cautious when a landlord refuses to disclose the exact address before meeting renter offsite.
Beware apartments where you can’t have mail delivered. Landlords w/ illegal apartments often request tenants obtain a separate
Beware no-lease apartments where landlord declines to draw up a lease, requests a month-to-month agreement or requires cash payments.
Check for adequate egress and look for locked doors in unit. A tenant should access all exits either from the unit or a public hall.[td_smart_list_end]