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Questions to Ask When Renting an Apartment

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Whether you’re moving into a new apartment for the first time or the tenth time, there are a lot of things to need to think about before you sign the lease. Below are a list of questions to help you find an apartment that is safe, affordable, and convenient.

Questions about the apartment

  • Is there damage that should be repaired before you move in or recorded so you don’t get blamed for it when you move out?
  • Is there a working smoke detector?
  • Is there evidence of cockroaches, rats, mice or other undesirables?
  • Do the doors have deadbolt locks?
  • Do all the appliances work?
  • Do plumbing fixtures leak?
  • Do the windows open, close, and lock?
  • Are windows free of air leaks?
  • Do the windows have screens?
  • Are there enough electrical outlets for you?

Costs

  • How much is monthly rent?
  • What day is the rent due?
  • When is the late fee charged?
  • How much is the late fee?
  • Which utilities would you pay for?
  • Is there a security deposit?
  • Are there other deposits for things like keys, cleaning, or pets?
  • Are there other charges?

Building and Grounds

  • Are they clean and well kept?
  • Are they well lighted?
  • Is the parking lot in good shape?
  • Is a specific parking place assigned to each apartment?
  • Are there laundry facilities and are they maintained?

Neighborhood and Location

  • Is the neighborhood safe?
  • How long would it take to get to school or work?
  • Is it near a grocery store?
  • Are the neighbors quiet or noisy?
  • Is it near the bus line?

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