Finding a decent apartment while you are settling down in your new environment can be a real headache, so here is a list that might help you with that process.
- You really need to take the time to understand the lease if there is one; don’t let them rush you into signing so fast, ask if you can review it first, take it home, and if need be take it to a lawyer. However, it is important that you sign and initial in front of the leasing agent once you decide on an apartment.
- On the subject of leasing agents, if you encounter an unpleasant one, make note of a red flag because they represent the company and that’s not acceptable behavior in any business setting. You should be treated with respect at all times and they need to listen to any questions or concerns you may have.
- Always inquire about a walk through. RED FLAG: When they tell you they do the walk through. That’s when you walk away before you sign. What their standards are and yours may be on the opposite ends of the earth.
- If you do decide to let them do the walk through and you are not happy, contact the property manager immediately and try to rectify the problem or problems, try not to get too emotional but do stay strong on your concerns.
- A lot of apartments are becoming more lenient on allowing animals and so therefore you will encounter animal smells in the common hallways. This is disturbing, and a simple solution would be to have animal free buildings for those tenants who prefer not to encounter the mess. The same should go for smokers. This is another red flag.
- Do your homework on apartment complexes; visit their website, Google feedback right into the search engine. You will always find negative feedback and as well some positive. Only you can weigh what is really important when you read this information. » Read more: Renter Beware