When you are searching for an apartment, make a rental search plan. Ensure to understand in advance what you need an apartment and where you can live without. Make a choice in advance what areas of the city you could stay in and write down all apartment buildings within that perimeter.
Be sure 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, the 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.
Narrow 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 possibly 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 just need and want a nice clean and quiet pad.
Be truthful on what you can pay for. Most apartment renting guides suggest that your rent should not be more than 25% to 30% of your income. This can differ depending on the income range, but make sure to be "real world" when making a budget for extra apartment expenses like air conditioning and heating and other utilities. In case you can’t afford to pay for the apartment that you desire, you might choose to share an apartment with a roommate(s). Remember that living with roommates can assist you to be able to pay for an apartment or maybe, in some circumstances, luxury apartments, however it likewise has great limitations to your privacy.
In case you are conversant with the region and its environs that give you a different advantage for your apartment search. But If, you are moving to a new city or are not specifically familiar with the city, you may want to contact an Apartment Finder or an Apartment Locator.
After you narrow down your search for apartments down to apartments which fits your desires and needs you must be well prepared and ready for your visits to the apartment complexes. When reviewing the rental premises be watchful for dangerous conditions, extreme noise from traffic or playgrounds or neighbors. Visit the apartment building at night and also the daytime hours. This will give you a complete knowledge of the total space you will be living in.
When you see the apartment complex that fits your renting desires and needs, you must be prepared to put your "best foot forward" when you see the apartment's rental agent. This person sometimes may be the apartment building manager or just a renting agent for the apartments. You should be ready for this apartment renting interview in an intelligent and professional manner. Be warned that you are going to be asked to show proof that you are a dependable prospective tenant. You are most likely will need references from former landlords. You may likewise be mandated to show that you are gainfully employed and can pay the rent. A lot of landlords may need 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. Also if you are renting and have bad credit you will definitely want to come to the interview with a solid selection of references.
You are not essentially limited from apartment renting with credit less than perfect; however you may be required to put up an extra security deposit and perhaps have a worthy person with good credit score to 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. But if you do have a bad credit history or renting history that may be disadvantageous, going through an apartment finder or apartment locator may be the best option. They will present your history to the landlord on your behalf, (ensure they are 100% honest 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.
You Have Located Your "Dream Apartment"
Once you 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 recognizable covenants of the apartment lease are the duration of the rental, (6-month lease, 1-year lease, 2-year lease, and so on.) The amount of the security deposit, when the rent expired, who is answerable for what utilities. Likewise in that apartment lease, on the other hand, are conditions, (most times in small print) that can cover a good range of landlord and tenant responsibilities and limitations.
They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Maintenance of the apartment
- Care of the premises
- 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
- 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
- Nonperformance 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
- And the list goes on and on and on.
Prospective tenants should read an Apartment lease thoroughly. Potential apartment renters should comprehend everything that is listed in that lease and make a good judgement to be 100% compliant of all the provisions for both the landlord and tenant, 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 end.
In case you do not comprehend all the clause of that apartment lease then don’t sign it until you do. If required and if possible, demand help in interpreting the lease from a trusted person like a knowledgeable family member or friend, employer, professional, or anyone else who can understand and explain it to you. If required 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.
In case you do not concur with any of the provisions of that apartment lease and/or you sense that you can't live up to the tenant's responsibilities, or you are not in agreement with any of the landlord's rights under the agreement, then don’t sign the lease until/or unless it can be improved to your satisfaction. If the rental agreement cannot be modified to meet your desires and needs and comfort level then don’t sign the lease and don’t 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.