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22 Nov

Moving into Your Rental: 1

Posted in Apartments, Renting on 22.11.09

landlord 3Whether you are moving into an apartment in a complex, a rental house, or a private apartment, such as one that exists in a private, residential home, you have to realize: you have rights, especially if utilities such as heat, hot water, et cetera, is covered in your monthly rent.

There are also some things you need to do when you first move into your new home — and even before you move in, as a matter of fact. Let’s talk about that first.

You need to make sure that you are fully aware of all the codes, rights, and rules of tenancy in your area. You need to know what is expected of you as a tenant, and you also need to know what is expected of your landlord — again, especially if he or she maintains that heat, hot water, and electricity are included in your rent. Otherwise, it will be far too easy for your landlord to pull one over on you.

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21 Nov

Why Screening Your Tenants Is Important: 2

Posted in Apartments, Renting on 21.11.09

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While the appearance is something that you want to look at – it is not extremely important.  People dress the way they want and look the way that they want.  However, you do want to make sure that you get a credit check on them – as that will provide you with some insight on how these potential tenants will pay their bills.

You also want to make sure to have some type of tenant application in place.  That way, you can decide exactly how compatible you and the potential tenants might be.  While you do not have to be best friends, you want to make sure that you are compatible and have the same beliefs.

It is very important to find a reliable tenant that is not going to make you lose money … remember that.  You can be choosy when you are the landlord, keep that in mind.

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20 Nov

Why Screening Your Tenants Is Important: 1

Posted in Apartments, Renting on 20.11.09

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When you think about it – what is the most important thing to you when you are renting out your apartment or house?  Well, the screening process of finding the right tenant should be the most important thing.  This is a person that is going to be living in your home and they are not going to be supervised. 

That is why it is so important for you to screen any tenants that you have looking at the place and are serious about it.  There are some things that you can do to ensure that you find the right tenant for your home.  First, you want to look at their appearance – you want them to make a good impression on you, almost like they are interviewing for a job.

In the next blog, we will talk about some other things that you should be looking for when you are trying to find the right tenant.

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31 May

Renting An Apartment? Some Tips You Should Know! Part 3

Posted in Apartments on 31.05.09

renting-2In addition to looking good on paper, you have to take a few other steps in order to make sure that you get the best apartment possible.

Primarily, you need to sit down and make sure you will be able to afford the units on your list of possibilities. A lot of things may affect the amount of rent you have to pay, including the desirability of the locations you favor. It is best that your rent not be greater than thirty percent of the amount of income you actually take home each month.

Thus, it might be beneficial to get a real estate agent to help you out. An agent can make it easier to find the rental units and properties in your price range. In certain markets, this is actually a free service. You may also have to pay a percentage of the rent you wind up paying.

If you find you cannot quite afford the rent on a particular unit, and if you do not have one already, you may consider taking on a roommate. There are even roommate services which can place you with a suitable housemate.

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30 May

Renting An Apartment? Some Tips You Should Know! Part 2

Posted in Apartments on 30.05.09

rent-apartment-1So, you have found some apartments in some locations that you love.  You are now ready to take the next couple of steps in renting an apartment.

First of all, you need to make sure you are fully prepared. You need a resume for everything these days, including an apartment rental. So, now you need to make a resume specifically for renters. Your previous addresses — preferably five, if you can manage that — and the phone numbers for your landlords needs to go on it. You also need to include employment histories, length, and the numbers for your employers. The amount of money you make should be included, along with references. It can even be helpful to include a copy showcasing your credit report.

Of course, some potential landlords may not require all of this information. You can feel free to call the landlords on your list of possible apartments to see what they would like to know about you, as a renter.

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21 May

Renting An Apartment? Some Tips You Should Know! Part 1

Posted in Apartments, Renting, Renting An Apartment on 21.05.09

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If you are like many people nowadays, you are definitely ditching your house and getting an apartment.  Or maybe you are just getting an apartment to get out of your parent’s home finally.  Either way, there are quite a few things that you are going to need to take into consideration whenever you are renting an apartment and we are going to go over some of those things in this blog! 

First and foremost, location, location, location is going to be the most important thing!  You never, ever want to get an apartment in a neighborhood that you do not think is safe, so that is the first thing that you need to consider.  The next, where do you work or go to school?  You definitely do not want to be too far from that, so make sure that your new pad is pretty close.

Renting an apartment can be pretty scary but if you are armed with some simple tips and tricks, you will definitely be better off!  More to come in the next post!

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