Research and discover the right placess to live next. The majority of experienced renters consider a number of factors including timing, local trends, crime, and regulation. Without the proper research, you may find yourself looking for a new place to live after your lease ends.
Most property managers ask prospective tenants to fill out an application. The application usually requests some basic information and evidence such as proof of income, a credit report, and prior renting references.
Get ready to read a lengthy legal document. Know your rights in your state, county, and city to understand what is enforceable and what is not.
Your landlord will probably ask for a security deposit and first months rent in advance. The deposit is typically the size of one or two months rent and is used as insurance against broken leases and physical damages. You should be able to get the majority of this back at the end of your lease when you move out.
Pack your stuff up and move. This can be an incredibly stressful thing to do. Damaging your own and your former rentals property is very common.
The first order of business when beginning your life in a new apartment or house is to setup utilies and get the proper insurances. Most of these utilities (electricity, water, trash, and internet) are paid on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis. Usually water and trash will be shared across many apartments. Your landlord may include them in your rent or ask you to pay through them. It is important to know how much you are using to make sure utilities are split equitably.
Every living situation has its setbacks and disputes. Whether it be with your landlord or a neighbor, be prepared to talk things out. Make sure to communicate over email and never commit to any thing until you fully understand who is responsible.
It is customary to give a 30-days notice before you leave a unit. Your landlord will likely show prospective tenants your unit.
At the end of your lease, the property will be inspected for damages. Any thing that is not normal wear and tear can be deducted against your security deposit.
Once the inspection has been completed, you should get back most of your security deposit back. Sometimes landlords will charge you for cleaning the property as well. It is important to request a ledger from your landlord to fully understand the costs deducted from your security deposit.