by Kyle Thomas Haley
are apartment hunting, prepare a rental search plan.
Be sure to know in advance what you want in an apartment
and what you can live without. Decide in advance what
areas of the city you could consider living in and make
a list of apartment buildings within that perimeter.
to consider how far and how convenient it will be for
you to travel to your job or your school or your family
and friends. Also, how far is the apartment from stores,
banks, hospitals, Church (if you attend) etc. If you
have a car, make sure that there is adequate and convenient
parking space 24/7. If you don't drive make sure that
there is close by public transportation.
your apartment locating to the size of rental unit you
need. Studio apartment or one bedroom apartment or 2
BR apartment or more. Are you considering a furnished
apartment or do you possible need a short term rental.
If you are renting an apartment with a cat, dog, or
other pet, you need to find out which apartments allow
renting with pets and which do not. And, if they do
allow pets, is there an additional security deposit
required and if so, how much it is. Do you need an apartment
complex with an exercise room or tennis courts or a
pool or a recreation room, etc. or do you simply need
and desire a nice clean and quiet pad.
about what you can afford. Most apartment renting guides
suggest that your rent should not be more than 25% to
30% of your income. This can vary depending on the income
bracket, but be sure to be "real world" when
budgeting additional apartment expenses such as heating
and air conditioning and other utilities. If you fall
short of affording the apartment of your choice, you
might consider sharing an apartment with a roommate
or roommates. Keep in mind that living with roommates
can help you afford an upscale apartment or even, in
some cases, luxury apartments, but it also has extreme
restrictions to your privacy.
are familiar with the area and its neighborhoods, that
gives you a distinct advantage for your apartment search.
If, however, you are relocating to a new city or are
not particularly knowledgeable about the city, you may
want to contact an Apartment Locator or an Apartment
narrow your search for apartments down to apts which
suit your needs and desires you must be well organized
& well prepared for your visits to the apartment
complexes. When inspecting the rental premises be on
the alert for unsafe conditions, excessive noise from
traffic or playgrounds or neighbors. Visit the apartment
building at night as well as the daytime hours. This
will give you a more comprehensive understanding of
the total space you will be residing in.
find the apartment complex that meets your renting needs
and desires, you must be ready to put your "best
foot forward" when you meet the apartment's rental
agent. This person may be the apartment building manager
or a renting agent for the apts. You should prepare
for this apartment renting interview in a professional
and intelligent manner. Be advised that you are going
to be asked to provide proof that you are a reliable
prospective tenant. You are most likely going to need
references from previous landlords. You may also be
required by the apartments to show that you are gainfully
employed and can afford the rent. Many landlords may
require a credit report. If you are a first time renter
and/or you have limited credit history you may be asked
for references from family, friends, employer, professionals,
etc. Likewise if you are renting with bad credit you
will certainly want to come to the interview with a
strong selection of references.
not necessarily restricted from apartment renting with
less than perfect credit, but you may be required to
put up an additional security deposit and possibly have
a credit worthy person co-sign the apartment lease with
you. Don't unprepared for by requests for any of these
things. Be sure to fill out a 100% truthful apartment
rental application and come to the interview with references,
proof of employment, credit information and any other
renting resources at the ready. If you do have a credit
history or renting history that might be detrimental,
going through an apartment locator or apartment finder
may be the best solution. They will present your history
to the landlord for you, (make sure they are 100% truthful
about it) and they can also be quite helpful and save
you a lot of time because they most likely will know
which landlords and apartments are more lenient in these
circumstances. They can also advise you as to exactly
what kinds of references and documents you might need
to prove that you can be a responsible tenant.
Located Your "Dream Apartment"
have located your "dream apartment", or as
close to your perfect apartment as possible, now it
is necessary to pay extremely close attention to the
particulars of the rental agreement. An Apartment Lease
is a contract between you and the landlord. Once agreed
upon and signed by the tenant and the landlord, the
rental lease creates obligations and restrictions for
both parties. The most obvious covenants of the apartment
lease are the length of the rental, (Six month lease,
one year lease, two year lease, etc.) The amount of
the security deposit, when the rent is due, who is responsible
for what utilities. Also in that apartment lease, however,
are stipulations, (sometimes in small print) that can
cover a great variety of landlord and tenant obligations
include, but are not limited to, the following:
of the apartment * Care of the premises * Cleanliness
* Insurance * Governmental regulations * Eminent Domain
* Nuisance and noise clauses * Stipulations as to the
circumstances whereby the landlord can enter the premises
* Use of Common Areas * Keys and locks * Loss or damage
* Parking * Pets * Plumbing * What the landlord may
do if the rent is in arrears * What the tenant can do
to bring the rent current before any kind of action
might be started * Non performance or breach of the
contract by the renter * Renter's penalties in the event
of early termination * Circumstances which might cause
the tenant or the landlord to break the lease prior
to the end of the term * Heat and other utilities *
Removal of goods * Surrender or Non-Surrender of the
premises * Waivers of various obligations * Prohibited
reprisals * Garbage disposal * Recyclables * And the
list goes on and on and on.
tenants should read an Apartment lease thoroughly. Prospective
apartment renters should understand everything that
is contained in that lease and make an informed decision
to be 100% accepting of all the provisions for both
the tenant and the landlord, that you are positive that
you can live up to your end of the bargain and that
you are comfortable with the provisions on the landlord's
do not understand every single clause of that apartment
lease then do not sign it until you do understand it.
If necessary and if possible, request assistance in
interpreting the lease from a trusted source such as
a knowledgeable friend or family member or employer
or professional, or anyone else who can understand it
and explain it to you. If necessary get legal advice.
It can cost additional funds if you do not qualify for
free legal assistance, but that additional cost might
save you a ton of money and save you a ton of heartache
and aggravation down the road.
do not agree with any of the provisions of that apartment
lease and/or you feel that you can't live up to the
tenant's obligations, or if you are not in agreement
with any of the landlord's rights under the agreement,
then do not sign the lease until/or unless it can be
changed to your satisfaction. If the apartment rental
agreement cannot be amended to meet your needs and desires
and comfort level then do not sign the lease and do
not rent that apartment. The Apartment Rental agreement
that you sign as a prospective tenant will not change
once you become the actual tenant of that apartment.
in your apartment search and good luck in your new apartment.
Kyle Thomas Haley has
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