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What to Ask When Renting an Apartment

Oct 14, 2022


Question to ask when renting an apartment


When you want to rent an apartment, you’re committing to living there for a year or longer in most cases. This makes it essential to ensure you ask all of the right questions before you sign the lease and move into the apartment. So what are the best questions to ask when renting an apartment?

Before signing on the dotted line, be sure to ask these important questions.

What’s the Application Process?

You’ll apply for an apartment when you find a community you love. This process almost always starts with filling out paperwork and providing basic information, such as your name, income, social security number, and references.

Some communities might verify your employment by calling your employer, while others might accept a copy of your paycheck stub. Almost all communities will run a credit check. Some communities might complete a criminal background check as part of the process. If you think you might have issues, it’s a good idea to address them before submitting your application.

Is There an Application Fee?

Some communities don’t charge an application fee, while others do. Anderson Communities charges no application fees. These fees can cost between $50 to $150 per applicant. The payment is used to cover the costs associated with the verification process and the service used by the community to check your credit history. These fees help offset the costs of running background checks and the other services provided by the community.

An application fee can discourage prospective tenants from filling out dozens of applications around town and then narrowing it down to one. Anderson Communities strives to keep your move-in costs as low as possible.

What Amenities Are Included?

Whether you’ve already taken a property tour or only seen it online, you’ll want to ask about the included amenities. There could be amenities that aren’t obvious or part of the tour, such as an office center, trash pick-up, or nearby walking trails.

You’ll want to ensure there isn’t an additional charge for some of the amenities you saw. There’s a possibility that there are limitation guidelines, such as the number of guests you can bring to the pool.

What Are My Lease Length Options?

Are you looking for a short-term rental, or do you plan to live in the community for a few years? Once you sign your lease, leaving earlier than the agreed-upon lease length can be expensive. Most leases are signed for a year, although it’s possible to find three, six, or 18-month leases available.

Ensure during the period of your lease that your rent doesn’t increase. If you plan to stay a couple of years for school or work, look for a community that offers longer leases to help make budgeting for long-term renting a little easier.

What’s the Neighborhood Like?

You aren’t only renting an apartment. You’re also moving into a new neighborhood. Get to know your neighborhood by checking out the local restaurants, shops, and events in the immediate area.

If you enjoy your time outdoors, you’d want to know if there’s a local park or quiet roads to ride your bike or walk the dog. Most new home consultants live in the area and will provide you with more information about the area.

Why Choose Anderson Communities For Your Next Home

At Anderson Communities, we want you to call one of our apartments, townhomes, or single-family residences your new home. Our communities offer a wide variety of price points, and floor plans, providing a home for everyone. Our community amenities include free cable, in-home washers and dryers, internet, security systems, and much more — with no hidden fees.

Our team is ready to answer the questions above and any others you might want answered to help you find the ideal home for you and your family.

Contact us today to find out why Anderson Communities is your best option!

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