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Apartment Renting Basics
by Ame Penn   

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Copyright:  2009 ISBN-13:  9780578007045

Apartment Renting for the novice. Parents beware renting an apartment is not as easy as you may think it is. Are your kids ready? Are you ready?


Apartment Renting Basics will help in your journey in finding your future home.

Do not think it will find your perfect apartment, but it will guide you in the do's and don'ts and in and out's. 

Many rules and regulations are in renting a home. 

Know before you sign, once you are in your lease it is a legal binding contract.


Renting an apartment has many benefits, depending on what apartment community you choose. Some facilities may have a variety of amenities, such as a 24 hour fitness center, sports court, or even a business center included in your rent.

Some everyday hassles can be virtually eliminated by renting. What about a maintenance staff to take care of apartment repairs or a grounds person to mow the lawn? Keep in mind, though, that while maintenance is a great perk, make sure to keep your precious items put away, to avoid any potential questions, just in case someone needs to come in and out of your home to fix items. This keeps everyone honest and out of trouble.

You will find living in an apartment community has both ups and downs in several areas. You get to pick the community you wish to live in, but you do not get to pick your neighbors.

Remember an apartment community has hundreds of residents, and, just as you can see and hear them, they can see and hear you.

Some things to think about when shopping for a possible apartment: can you hear your neighbors’ television, radio or voices? Much of this will depend on the quality of the construction of the building. Unfortunately, it can be like a game of chance since you never fully know what you’re going to get until you’re living there.

Do not expect complete quiet in an apartment community or any housing where there is shared space. This includes duplexes, dorms or condos. If you do not like noise, it is best to look into renting a single house.

One way to break the ice with your neighbors and get to know them is this: when moving in, knock on their door, explaining that you are testing your TV and radio. Ask them to knock on the wall or ceiling if the noise is too loud, as this will give you a basis for your noise levels.

Unfortunately, there are those neighbors who think they are above the rules. There are community rules put in place, in the event that you encounter noisy, abusive or filthy neighbors. Some neighbors honestly do not realize they are being bothersome. If you have ongoing problems after you move in that you are unable to resolve with your neighbor, put in writing what is going and inform you community management team.

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