3 Thoughts on What’s the process for renting an apartment?
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    Bobby A
    March 18, 2013 at 1:23 am

    find an apartment. pay the deposit and make sure the lease is clean by having a lawyer look at it

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    Rhonda S
    March 18, 2013 at 1:41 am

    After finding the apartment you would like to live in, I would ask some questions of the person trying to rent it to you.
    If you are a quiet person, I’m sure you don’t want to live next door to a party house. I would request one in a quiet section if this is how you feel and most places now do try to find out what fits you most so no troubles occur.
    Most likely in a complex there is a non-refundable application fee of $ 20 to $ 50 so make sure this is the place you want to live before paying that. You will also need to find out what the deposit is that is refundable when the lease ends and you move out as long as you have not damaged the apartment in any way.
    To ensure a return of a deposit at the end or move out, make any and all notations of things that are wrong with the apartment before you move in. Take pictures that are time and date stamped if possible.
    Say if the carpet is old and has a couple of stains; notate that for the lease and make sure it is in writing and you have a copy of this.
    Find out if you are responsible for having the carpets cleaned upon moving out also and any other things that may cause you to lose your deposit.
    When you move out, make sure the Landlord does a walk through with you present and agrees that you have left the apartment in good condition and that is also in writing. Also take pictures then.
    Usually there are no outs on signing a lease so be prepared to stay there for the entire time of the lease. If you have a roommate moving in, I would want to make sure they are also on the lease so they are liable for rent and any damages also. If for any reason a roommate moves out, you typically only have 3 months to get a replacement for that person and most judges in small claims court will only allow you 3 months rent plus any unpaid back rent but remember you are the one who has to have the burden of proof so use receipts if a roommate pays you directly no matter how they pay you. Keep a record of any payments to you and the Landlord.
    Usually the complex is responsible for maintaining anything that needs repaired in your apartment. After living in apartments most of my adult life until 7yrs ago when I bought my home, most things are standard in a lease but read it very carefully and if there is anything you do not understand, get advice from someone. I never had to use an attorney for a lease on any apartment but I always read the fine print and every single word.
    Know all the terms and conditions of your lease and any and all amenities that the apartment offers such as a pool, laundry facility, and rules.
    Make sure you do not fill out many credit applications for every apartment you may look at. I’m sure most will ask you for your social security number(s) and look at your credit so you only want one or two at the most on your report. Otherwise it looks as if you applied and could have been turned down on apartments and could affect your credit score by how many times your credit was pulled up.
    I always say if there is anything bad on your credit, be honest up front as that is usually the best way to defend yourself on anything that you may not agree with on your report. I would even recommend you pull up your own credit report before any apartment does so that you are aware of anything on your credit file.
    Make sure this is a place you want to live at for as long as the lease lasts.
    I hope this helps

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    March 18, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Find something you like in your price range. Fill out and turn in the application. When you are accepted, then you pay the deposit and rent and move in.

    It is pretty straight forward.

    Edit if you have a specific question.

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