Ask These Questions Before Renting an Apartment
Finding the right apartment may seem overwhelming. Asking some key questions will help narrow down an apartment search and help ensure a safe and quality apartment. Landlords that do not answer questions or seem irritated by your quest for information should be avoided.
Ask On Initial Call:
Asking certain questions when initially calling about the apartment will allow the prospective tenant to determine if the place is a viable rental option.
- Ask what the rent is every month. Some landlords offer a special to get a renter in the door but the rent will increase after the initial period.
- Ask if the complex has issues with security or break ins. Apartments with security problems may not be the safest place to live and looking elsewhere is wise.
- Ask when the apartment is available. If the space does not become available within your time frame, there is no point in pursuing the apartment further.
- Ask if the property has any registered sex offenders living on the premises. If you are a single woman or have children, it would be advisable to not rent in such a location.
- Ask what the pet policy is. If you have a pet or plan on obtaining one, this is a vital piece of information to know before viewing the apartment.
Ask On Viewing:
- Do all the appliances work? How are maintenance issues handled? Knowing that the apartment is in good repair before moving in shows the property owner cares about the property.
- Ask what utilities the tenant is responsible for? Ask how much is the average utility bill for the apartment? If the amount is excessive or will exceed a monthly budget, look elsewhere.
- Ask how much the security deposit is required. Ask when rent is due and how long of a lease is required.
- Ask if the apartment will be cleaned or painted prior to moving in. Ask if painting rooms a different color is allowed. Some landlords will allow a tenant to paint to their specific tastes a long as the paint color is changed to the original color on vacancy.
- Ask if there is dedicated parking for tenants and if there is an additional fee for parking. Find out where guests are able to park.
- Ask where the trash is collected and if the tenant is required to pay any trash removal fees.
- Ask about laundry facilities. Is laundry available in the building or on site?
- If a pool is on site, ask if non residents are allowed to swim as a guest.
- Ask if a roommate is possible at some point or if a long term guest is able to stay in the apartment.
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