Renting offers the benefits of mobility, flexibility and reduced responsibility for serious property issues, but it does come with its own crop of concerns, especially if you don't have renter's insurance. Be sure you know your rights and what you're getting into before you sign your lease with these tips to help you pick a new apartment and move out without penalty. We even offer a move-in checklist to help make sure you have everything you need for your apartment space, as well as energy for apartments.
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When shopping for apartments, you'll want to consider many aspects before you fill out a rental application. Be sure you see the exact unit or rental property that you would be renting — not a model. In your walk-through, be sure you take note of these things before you commit.
If you have concerns regarding any of these issues, report them right away to the building manager or property management, and consider choosing another apartment complex. It's also important to take into account application fees, sublet options and monthly rent.
As a renter, you have certain rights. Review these helpful hints (and your lease terms) so you know exactly what you can expect from the property manager.
If you've ever lived in an apartment home, then you know it's common to provide a security deposit to the leasing office to cover unpaid rent or clean-up after you’re gone. However, you can only be charged for items not covered under “general wear and tear.” Typically, a leasing agent must provide an itemized deduction of how your security deposit was spent OR return your money in full, within 14-30 days.
Here’s what you can do to help get your deposit back and keep your apartment in good condition:
Here is a list of items NOT covered under general wear and tear:
These basic items are a great start to stocking your first apartment. Later, as you have more time, you can purchase other furnishings to make your apartment your own. Don't forget to set up your wi-fi and electricity service before your move-in day.
The most important documents to take with you when renting an apartment are proof of employment (this can be a pay stub), photo identification, a credit check or credit score, bank information, and recent tax returns.
When looking at an apartment for the first time, it's important to bring a photo ID, bank statements, job and rental history, and a credit check. If you bring a filled our application to your first viewing, this can speed up the process of approval and reserving the apartment.