The Apartment Search

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When you're apartment hunting, prepare a rental search plan. Be sure to know beforehand what you want in an apartment and what you could live without. Decide in advance what regions of the city you could consider living in and make a list of apartment buildings within that perimeter.

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Make sure you consider just how far and how easy it will be for you to travel to your job or your school or your family and friends. Moreover, how far is the apartment from stores, banks, hospitals, Church (if you attend) etc.. If you've got a car, be certain that there is adequate and convenient parking space 24/7. If you don't drive make sure that there is close by public transport.


Narrow your apartment locating to the size of rental unit you want. Studio apartment or one bedroom apartment or 2 BR apartment or more. Are you considering a furnished apartment or do you possible need a brief term rental. If you're renting an apartment with a cat, dog, or other pet, then you need to determine 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, just how much it is. Do you want 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.

Be sensible about what you can afford. Most apartment renting guides suggest that your rent shouldn't be greater than 25% to 30% of your income. This may vary based on the income bracket, but be sure to be"real world" when budgeting additional apartment expenses like heating and air conditioning and other utilities. Should you fall short of affording the apartment of your choice, you might consider sharing an apartment with a roommate or roommates. Remember that living with roommates can help you afford an upscale apartment or even, in some cases, luxury apartments, but in addition, it has extreme restrictions to your privacy.

If you are knowledgeable about the region and its neighborhoods, that gives you a distinct advantage for your apartment search. If, however, you are relocating to a new town or aren't especially knowledgeable about the town, you may choose to speak to an Apartment Locator or an Apartment Finder.

When you narrow your search for apartments down to apts which suit your needs and desires you have to be well organized and nicely prepared for your visits to the apartment complexes. Visit the apartment building at night as well as the daylight hours. This will offer you a more comprehensive understanding of the total space you will be residing in.

When you discover the apartment complex that matches your leasing needs and wants, you must be ready to place your"best foot forward" if you meet the apartment's rental representative. This person may be the apartment building supervisor or a leasing agent for the apts. You should prepare for this flat leasing interview in a professional and intelligent way. Be advised that you're going to be asked to give proof that you are a reliable prospective renter. You are most likely going to want references from previous landlords. You may also be required by the apartments to show that you're gainfully employed and can afford the rent. Many landlords may take a credit report. If you are a first time renter and/or you've limited credit history you might be asked for references from family, friends, employer, professionals, etc.. Similarly if you're renting with bad credit you will certainly want to arrive at the meeting with a strong selection of references.

You aren't necessarily limited from apartment leasing with less than perfect credit, but you might be asked to put an additional security deposit and maybe have a credit worthy person co-sign the flat rental with you. Don't unprepared for by requests for any of these things. Make sure you fill out a 100% honest apartment rental application and come to the interview with references, proof of employment, credit information and any other leasing resources at the ready. If you do have a credit history or leasing history which may be detrimental, going through an apartment locator or flat finder may be the optimal solution. They'll present your background to the landlord for you, (make sure they are 100% truthful about it) and they may also be quite helpful and save a great deal of time since they most likely will know which landlords and apartments are more lenient in these conditions. They can also advise you as to exactly what sorts of references and documents you might need to prove that you're able to be a responsible renter.

You Have Located Your"Dream Apartment"

Once you've got located your"dream apartment", or as close to your perfect apartment as you can, now it's necessary to pay extremely close attention to the particulars of this rental arrangement. Once agreed upon and signed by the tenant and the landlord, the rental lease generates obligations and restrictions for both parties. The most apparent covenants of this apartment lease would be the length of the rental, (Six month rental, 1 year lease, two year lease, etc.) The amount of the security deposit, once the rent is due, who's accountable for that which utilities. Additionally in that apartment rental, however, are stipulations, (sometimes in small print) that can cover a wonderful selection of tenant and landlord obligations and restrictions. They can include, but Aren't limited to, the following:

O upkeep of the flat 

O Maintenance of the premises

o Cleanliness

O Insurance

o Governmental regulations

o Eminent Domain

O Nuisance and sound clauses

O Stipulations as to the circumstances whereby the landlord may enter the premises

O Utilization of Common Areas


O Loss or damage

O Parking

O Pets

O Plumbing

O What the landlord may do if the rent is in arrears

O precisely what the renter can do to bring the lease current before any type of action might be started

O Non violation or performance of this contract by the tenant 

O Renter's penalties in the event of early termination

O Circumstances which might cause the tenant or the landlord to break the lease before the conclusion of the term

O Heat and other utilities

O Removal of products 

O Surrender or Non-Surrender of this assumptions 

O Waivers of different obligations

o Prohibited reprisals

o Garbage disposal

o Recyclables

O And the list goes on and on and on.

Prospective tenants need to read an Apartment lease thoroughly. Prospective apartment renters should understand everything that is contained in that lease and make an informed choice to become 100% accepting of the requirements for both the tenant and the landlord, that you're positive that you can meet your end of the bargain and that you are comfortable with all the provisions on the landlord's end.

If you don't understand every single clause of that apartment rental then don't sign it until you do know it. If necessary and if possible, request aid in distributing the rental from a trusted source such as a knowledgeable friend or family member or employer or professional, or anybody else that will understand it and explain it for you personally. If necessary receive legal counsel. It can cost additional funds if you do not qualify for free legal assistance, but that extra cost might save you a ton of money and save you a ton of heartache and aggravation later on.