Securing the Best Apartment Rental

When a young professional moves to a new area, the obvious need is a roof over their heads. But this is problematic, because many tenants will only take the first apartment rent that falls into their laps. Immoral landlords will take advantage of this naive tenant without the slightest remorse. Thus, tenants currently in the market must understand, be aware of a homeless deal while being able to recognize many good ones when they see it.

The apartment viewing and lease signing are when a tenant has the opportunity to take a peak around and get a feel for the apartment and landlord. The following are some of our best tips to stay on your guard and secure an apartment rental that both the tenant and landlord benefit from:

• Amenities – The first step in finding the ideal apartment rental is making sure that amenities are in the area. A water view apartment may seem like the ultimate in luxury residence, but if it is in the middle of nowhere than its value is severely compromised. Now, take a water view apartment that is a short walk from shopping districts or transportation hubs and the apartment rental becomes considerably more valuable.

• Expenses – Next, make sure that you sort out with the landlord all of the expenses and utilities. Each utility must be addressed in the first meeting and make sure that the utility agreements are reflected on the lease. Don’t be afraid to be inquisitive and try not to fall for traps. We’ve heard of an instance where a particularly brazen landlord promised to handle all gas payments; except the heater, boiler, and stove all ran on electricity. However, know to recognize a good deal when you see one. For utilities like cable and internet, ask to check how effective the signal is and don’t be coy about asking a neighbor for their experience with the utilities.

• Living Arrangements – Talk to the landlord about pets or roommates during the first meeting. Even if you don’t necessarily need a pet friendly rental yet, it is good to know the option is there. Also, if you have a roommate and do not take the proper steps before you move it, it can open a can of legal worms that may follow you; more on this below.

• Read the Contract – There is no rush to sign anything, no matter what a pushy landlord says. You will always have time to sit down and read a contract or lease BEFORE you sign it. Take your time and make sure you understand every bit of it. Remember too that, if you have a roommate, your landlord may include that you are “jointly and severally liable” for damages and rent. This means that if one of you cannot (or refuses to) pay rent, the responsibility can legally land on the other. It is best to handle these situations before they have a chance to arise.

If you follow our best tips for choosing apartment rentals, your luxurious place to stay will be within your reach. Find the right apartment, the right landlord, and the right deal; just a little knowledge and a smart eye you need!