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When you are apartment hunting, prepare a rental search plan. Be sure to know in advance
what you want in an apartment and what you can live without. Decide in advance what areas
of the city you could consider living in and make a list of apartment buildings within that
perimeter.

Be sure to consider how far and how convenient it will be for you to travel to your job or your
school or your family and friends. Also, how far is the apartment from stores, banks, hospitals,
Church (if you attend) etc. If you have a car, make sure that there is adequate and convenient
parking space 24/7. If you don't drive make sure that there is close by public transportation.

Narrow your apartment locating to the size of rental unit you need. Studio apartment or one
bedroom apartment or 2 BR apartment or more. Are you considering a furnished apartment or
do you possible need a short term rental. If you are renting an apartment with a cat, dog, or
other pet, you need to find out which apartments allow renting with pets and which do not. And,
if they do allow pets, is there an additional security deposit required and if so, how much it is.
Do you need an apartment complex with an exercise room or tennis courts or a pool or a
recreation room, etc. or do you simply need and desire a nice clean and quiet pad.

Be realistic about what you can afford. Most apartment renting guides suggest that your rent
should not be more than 25% to 30% of your income. This can vary depending on the income
bracket, but be sure to be "real world" when budgeting additional apartment expenses such as
heating and air conditioning and other utilities. If you fall short of affording the apartment of
your choice, you might consider sharing an apartment with a roommate or roommates. Keep in
mind that living with roommates can help you afford an upscale apartment or even, in some
cases, luxury apartments, but it also has extreme restrictions to your privacy.

If you are familiar with the area and its neighborhoods, that gives you a distinct advantage for
your apartment search. If, however, you are relocating to a new city or are not particularly
knowledgeable about the city, you may want to contact an Apartment Locator or an Apartment
Finder.

Once you narrow your search for apartments down to apts which suit your needs and desires
you must be well organized & well prepared for your visits to the apartment complexes. When
inspecting the rental premises be on the alert for unsafe conditions, excessive noise from
traffic or playgrounds or neighbors. Visit the apartment building at night as well as the daytime
hours. This will give you a more comprehensive understanding of the total space you will be
residing in.

When you find the apartment complex that meets your renting needs and desires, you must be
ready to put your "best foot forward" when you meet the apartment's rental agent. This person
may be the apartment building manager or a renting agent for the apts. You should prepare for
this apartment renting interview in a professional and intelligent manner. Be advised that you
are going to be asked to provide proof that you are a reliable prospective tenant. You are most
likely going to need references from previous landlords. You may also be required by the
apartments to show that you are gainfully employed and can afford the rent. Many landlords


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may require a credit report. If you are a first time renter and/or you have limited credit history
you may be asked for references from family, friends, employer, professionals, etc. Likewise if
you are renting with bad credit you will certainly want to come to the interview with a strong
selection of references.

You are not necessarily restricted from apartment renting with less than perfect credit, but you
may be required to put up an additional security deposit and possibly have a credit worthy
person co-sign the apartment lease with you. Don't unprepared for by requests for any of
these things. Be sure to fill out a 100% truthful apartment rental application and come to the
interview with references, proof of employment, credit information and any other renting
resources at the ready. If you do have a credit history or renting history that might be
detrimental, going through an apartment locator or apartment finder may be the best solution.
They will present your history to the landlord for you, (make sure they are 100% truthful about
it) and they can also be quite helpful and save you a lot of time because they most likely will
know which landlords and apartments are more lenient in these circumstances. They can also
advise you as to exactly what kinds of references and documents you might need to prove that
you can be a responsible tenant.

You Have Located Your "Dream Apartment"

Once you have located your "dream apartment", or as close to your perfect apartment as
possible, now it is necessary to pay extremely close attention to the particulars of the rental
agreement. An Apartment Lease is a contract between you and the landlord. Once agreed
upon and signed by the tenant and the landlord, the rental lease creates obligations and
restrictions for both parties. The most obvious covenants of the apartment lease are the length
of the rental, (Six month lease, one year lease, two year lease, etc.) The amount of the
security deposit, when the rent is due, who is responsible for what utilities. Also in that
apartment lease, however, are stipulations, (sometimes in small print) that can cover a great
variety of landlord and tenant obligations and restrictions.

They can include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Maintenance of the apartment
* Care of the premises
* Cleanliness
* Insurance
* Governmental regulations
* Eminent Domain
* Nuisance and noise clauses
* Stipulations as to the circumstances whereby the landlord can enter the premises
* Use of Common Areas
* Keys and locks
* Loss or damage
* Parking
* Pets
* Plumbing
* What the landlord may do if the rent is in arrears
* What the tenant can do to bring the rent current before any kind of action might be started
* Non performance or breach of the contract by the renter


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* Renter's penalties in the event of early termination
* Circumstances which might cause the tenant or the landlord to break the lease prior to the
end of the term
* Heat and other utilities
* Removal of goods
* Surrender or Non-Surrender of the premises
* Waivers of various obligations
* Prohibited reprisals
* Garbage disposal
* Recyclables
* And the list goes on and on and on.

Prospective tenants should read an Apartment lease thoroughly. Prospective apartment
renters should understand everything that is contained in that lease and make an informed
decision to be 100% accepting of all the provisions for both the tenant and the landlord, that
you are positive that you can live up to your end of the bargain and that you are comfortable
with the provisions on the landlord's end.

If you do not understand every single clause of that apartment lease then do not sign it until
you do understand it. If necessary and if possible, request assistance in interpreting the lease
from a trusted source such as a knowledgeable friend or family member or employer or
professional, or anyone else who can understand it and explain it to you. If necessary get legal
advice. It can cost additional funds if you do not qualify for free legal assistance, but that
additional cost might save you a ton of money and save you a ton of heartache and
aggravation down the road.

If you do not agree with any of the provisions of that apartment lease and/or you feel that you
can't live up to the tenant's obligations, or if you are not in agreement with any of the landlord's
rights under the agreement, then do not sign the lease until/or unless it can be changed to
your satisfaction. If the apartment rental agreement cannot be amended to meet your needs
and desires and comfort level then do not sign the lease and do not rent that apartment. The
Apartment Rental agreement that you sign as a prospective tenant will not change once you
become the actual tenant of that apartment.

Good luck in your apartment search and good luck in your new apartment.




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