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Questions to Ask Before You Rent an Apartment

Choosing where you’ll live for the foreseeable future is a major decision. Once you’ve identified the right neighborhood and price range for you, it’s time to scrutinize the details of the arrangement. Rental property management companies offer an organized approach to touring apartments and discussing the lease. Bring along a list of your questions when you meet the property manager.

What are the terms of the lease?

You might be surprised at how many would-be renters merely skim the lease agreement. It’s important to read the entire document and ask for clarification on anything you do not fully understand. Some key facts to identify include the following:

  • The start and end dates of the lease
  • The restrictions on painting and other improvements
  • The total amount due each month
  • The acceptable payment methods
  • The property manager’s late rent policy
  • The limits on occupancy
  • The use and return of security deposits
  • The rules of occupancy (i.e., quiet hours)

Which expenses are included and which aren’t?

Your rent payment might include electricity, heat, and hot water—or it might not. Always ask which expenses are included and which you’ll have to pay, such as trash pickup or the water bill if the building is connected to the city water main.

Does the building allow pets?

Even if you don’t currently own pets, you might later feel the urge to welcome a furry, scaly, or feathery friend into your home. If the property manager does allow pets in the property, be sure to ask if there are any restrictions. Sometimes, tenants are asked to pay an additional security deposit for pets. You might also be restricted to small animals.

How will maintenance and repairs be handled?

If you rent an apartment that is managed by a property management company, you can generally expect that routine maintenance will be performed on a certain schedule and that emergency repairs will be addressed promptly. Be sure to ask the property manager for appropriate contact information to request emergency repairs.

When you rent an apartment handled by MRS Property Management, you can rest assured that you will work with a professional who understands the needs and concerns of tenants. Our property managers work in and around Beverly, MA, to provide a complete menu of services. Call us at 978-927-3690 today for more information.

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