College Students, Are You Thinking About Renting An Apartment? Good things to know…
July 22nd, 2009 by Liza Wiemer

Tired of dorm living?  Take the plunge and rent an apartment or duplex.  Duplex

Ask the following questions:

1.  How much is the rent?  2.  Do you allow pets? (if you have one) Note:  If the landlord allows pets, expect that your security deposit will be at least 1.5 to 2 times the amount of your monthly payment! 3.  When is rent due?  4.  Do I need a co-signer?  (usually a parent)  5.  What is the parking situation?  Or is there a bus/transportation line? 6.  Is there laundry available? 7.  How much is the security deposit? 8.  What utilities are included? 9. Is there Internet/cable TV hook-up? 10.  Is the lease a month-to-month, or a year lease?  11.  Do I have to give notice before we vacate the premises in WRITING?  How much time is needed?  12.  May I sublease the apartment to someone if I need to leave?  13.  What charges will I incur if my rent is late?  14.  Who do I call in case of an emergency or problem with the apartment?

Always: 1) Pay your rent on time.  2)  If you have any issues, including financial difficulties and may not be able to pay the rent on the due date – contact your landlord.  3)  Pay your utilities on time.  4)  Purchase renters’ insurance – it covers loss and/or damage and is relatively inexpensive.  5) Be respectful to other tenants in the building – loud music/parties at all hours of the night are not okay.  6)  Keep shared space clean and clutter free.  7)   Keep doors locked.  8) Be careful who has copies of your keys.  9)  Be thorough and honest on your application – if you’re not truthful, the landlord will find out!  Better to be up front if you were late on payments in the past and if you have civil or criminal records etc.  10) If your landlord calls you, return his/her call promptly.  11)  Choose your roommates carefully.  Will s/he pay on time?  Remember – their (rental) history can affect your history!

Your credit history WILL BE CHECKED

Public Records, including civil and criminal cases WILL BE CHECKED

2 Responses  
Sara Broers writes:
June 8th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

VERY Helpful information~ for anyone. A must read for any college student!

Jaime Skelton writes:
June 13th, 2010 at 12:40 am

Definitely wonderful advice! Wish I had known some of this when I moved out.

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