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Using the Apartment Finder
Rent.com is the number one apartment search website with over millions of rentals nationwide. The powerful search tool cuts down on the effort required to search through individual real estate listings. The custom search feature narrows down your search precisely to the kind of property that you are looking for based on the rent, number of rooms, and size. Each rental listing carries a detailed property description to give users a better idea of the structure, location, and features of the apartment. The description includes details on the amenities, kitchen, outdoors, parking, laundry, and much more. This is accompanied by images and a three-dimensional 360-degree virtual tour of the property to give users a better feel of the apartment.
Important Factors to Consider Before Renting
It pays to gather the right information about the apartment that you are considering before you finalize the deal with the landlord. Start with the detailed information provided in your online search results on each of the apartment listings and then take your research further by utilizing all your available social contacts — friends, family members, and acquaintances — who either are living in the neighborhoods or have resided there in the past. Reviews from previous residents or neighbors can provide good insight on the apartment you are considering.
Here are some pointers that you should keep in mind when discussing the property with the landlord:
The Apartment Should Meet Your Requirements
Ensure that the property meets all of your requirements. It should be equipped with all the basic amenities required to move in, such as air conditioning, washer, dryer, elevators, a consistent water supply and sufficient closet space. Verify everything that the landlord tells you by inspecting the condition of the paint, plumbing, kitchen, and the installed equipment.
In most cases, parking is a part of the rental agreement. Make sure that the space is sufficient and the area where you will park your vehicle is secure. Some residential complexes charge tenants for their parking spaces. This is a recurring cost and needs to be accounted with your monthly rental payment.
Pet Friendly Apartment
You should read the policies on pets of both the community and the landlord. If you are a pet owner, then an apartment that is pet friendly will always be a better choice for you.
Rental Agreement and Deposit
Decide on a convenient lease term using your requirements. For a short-term lease, most landlords agree on 6- or 12-month contracts. Monthly rent and a one-time deposit are an important part of the agreement. Your deposit constitutes a holding deposit that is refundable at the end of the lease term and a security deposit which acts as collateral in case there is any damage to the property during your stay. Make sure all these figures are well within your budget.
The basic documentation usually required by landlords is your credit report, bank statement, identification, tax return filings, proof of employment, and letters of recommendation. You are advised to read through the rental agreement completely before signing on the dotted line.
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