Using the search tool on real estate specialty websites, such as Zillow.com, is a good starting point when searching for rental homes in Memphis, Tennessee. Zillow has a database of more than 5,000 homes (as of October 2015) that are for sale and rent, along with homes that are not currently on the Memphis market, notes its website. Once prospective renters have found homes that they might consider renting, they can take the next steps, such as inspecting the property and reading through the lease agreement carefully before signing it.
Before signing the lease agreement on a rental home, it is a good idea for prospective tenants to inspect the property or to hire someone to inspect it. Having an independent inspection done on the property will reveal whether or not the home has serious issues and may not be suitable for the renter, states Bluff City Management.com.
Prospective tenants should also examine the lease agreements closely and educate themselves about their rights as a tenant according to Tennessee laws. For instance, Tennessee landlords are required to issue their tenants notice for a specific number of days in advance to pay rent or to move out. Tenants are also legally allowed break a lease in Tennessee in certain situations.
There may be cases when a landlord appears to be pressuring renters into signing the lease or is refusing to allow his rental property to be inspected. This should be considered as a red flag and the prospective renter may want to look somewhere else, as advised on Bluff City Management.