Read this before Renting an Apartment

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More and more people are getting attracted to apartments these days to live in comfort and safety with their families. This article contains important information about apartments that will not be told to you by anyone, including your realtor. Reading this information may be good for you if you have decided to rent an apartment as your next home. You will get to learn a lot about many different aspects about renting such as finances, your rental history, and the application as well as screening process. If you are going to live in a rented property for the first time, this information will prove very handy for you.

Be ready to be treated partially by the landlord

If you are going to live in a rented place for the first time in life, you can expect the landlord to charge a higher deposit from you.  Landlord will also ask you for many references to assure that you are indeed a good person. Also, you can expect to be asked to sign a long lease of agreement. Do not be surprised to be rejected by the landlord on grounds of being young and immature. There is a misconception among landlords that young people party a lot and thus prove to be a nuisance. To improve your chance of getting the apartment on rent, bring reference letters from responsible persons like employers and friends you have known for years. These letters will throw a positive light on your personality.

Deciding to live on rent is a good step for your future and career even if your parents have not asked you to do so in words. It is far better than being asked to make your own arrangements as they do not want to support you after your college studies. It is not always easy and smooth as you will need some money to pay to your landlord in the form of security deposit.

Take advantage of your friend’s rental history

If you have little money and it is not possible for you to get a house on rent in a posh locality as rent is too high, it is always prudent to talk to your friend and share his apartment with them. Of course, this is possible only if you have friends living in rented apartments for quite some time. This way you not only pay less rent but also get inside a rental property with the reference of your friend. You get advantage of your friend’s rental history. You also get an opportunity to build your own credit history. You will not need reference letter from your employer as reference form your roommate will do the job for you. Even your friend benefits from this arrangement as he learns to cohabitate. However, you need to be careful in your choice of roommate as a lot depends upon your ability to forge relationships. You can easily lose your friend if you do not get along well living in the same apartment with him later. In case of a dispute with your roommate, you can be easily evicted by the landlord as you are given entry through a process called subletting.

Build your credit

You should try to get hold of a credit card if you do not have one already. Build your credit by buying things using this credit card and later paying the money within 1-2 weeks. This helps in increasing your credit score which is in your favor when the landlord runs a background check on you. Getting an apartment for  rent becomes easier if you can build your credit.

If you’d like to talk more about property management, or you need help with Everest Property Management, please contact us at Everest Realty. 

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