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What to Know When Renting - Tips When Renting An Apartment

Updated on August 29, 2012

What you need to know when renting a place

Most of us experienced renting an apartment or a housing unit at least once. Either we want to become independent at that time or we moved to other area that is why there is a need for us to look for a place to stay. Whatever the reasons are, there are things we need to know when looking for a place to rent. You don’t want to rush on things and signed immediately a contract, you need to be sure that you really like the place and you are confident that you found the place which best suits your needs.

Things to do:

1. Scour the area, drive through the periphery of the area so that you can have the feel of the area and at the same time you can also check the neighborhood. Try to stop at one unit and talk to at least three persons residing in different units there and ask about what are the problems they have encountered so far.

Ask about the crime and security of the area, what are the usual complaints against the management or owner of the units/apartments.

Check the website of the place and get some feedback from the previous tenants and read the ratings.

Steps on How to Choose a Nice Apartment

Check on the parking areas for the residences. Is it enough or too crowded?

Are there parks nearby for children purposes? Is it a safe neighborhood in general?

Get a description of social and economic background of the people residing in the area

Is it accessible to facilities; nearness to stores, police station, school and place of work etc.

2. Look at the unit thoroughly. Sometimes because we really need to moved as soon as possible, we just settle for less. Oftentimes too, we don’t even bother to look at the unit, we just sign immediately the contract without looking at the place. No matter how busy you are, find time to check the unit. Don’t look at it during the night so that you can see it more.

Check the building thoroughly, if there are holes, roofs etc.

Check specifically on fire alarm systems, and sprinklers

Check if the wirings are properly installed and is it adequate?

Check if all the lighting facilities in all the rooms are working. Include the corridor and outside area

Check the water system if all the bathrooms and faucets are working properly

If there are appliances, are they in good condition and are they big enough to accommodate all the people who are going to use it?

Check the laundry area if the wirings are ok and if they are working

Check the locks, doors and entrances to the house and backdoor etc.

If there is a porch and there are children, take a look if it is child friendly too.

If the unit is included in a building and you have children, will you disturb the people in the first floor if the children are noisy, or if the chosen unit is on the second floor, how sensitive is the noise from the second floor?


Read the contract thoroughly and you don’t need to rush before signing. Demand a contract in written form and should be made binding.

You should pay attention to:

Security deposit, how much and will it be returned to you?

Repairs on the unit or in the ground - who should pay it, or should it be deducted to the security deposits?

If you moved out before finishing your contract what are the consequences? Are you still going to pay the remainder of the contract?

There you go, now you ready to go and look for a place to stay.


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    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      to westside, thanks for dropping by and reading this

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      westside1 7 years ago from Santa Monica

      Great Hub! You got it right on the money. I especially like the part you mentioned about reading the contract thoroughly, most people forget that part. If you need help renting an apartment in Santa Monica or anywhere in Southern California visit my hub page!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi Ms Duchess, thanks for reading this and i hope it gives you some information too!

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Great idea for a Hub and well done!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks, carolina muscle for reading this one!

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great hub, PDH!!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hy lyricsngray, thanks for dropping by, am glad your not renting anymore, i think there are 3o plus percent households in America who are renting a place right now, i dont know in other areas around the world,

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      lyricsingray 7 years ago

      Mart Hub PDH, well done, thanks and I'm grateful I am not renting anymore, I have to admit xo

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hmmm, hi Dohn, yes in some places, I know what your saying,hmmmm but in areas like here as housing market is down, you can still choose, good day to you and I thanks for reading my hubs always, Maita

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Gosh, Pretty. I wish you could've seen some of the places I lived in while in college and then my hovel in New Paltz, NY! When you struggling to keep you head above water, you don't have the luxury to choose! However, that doesn't take away the fact that you wrote a well-informed hub on renting. Thank you for that!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      to georgiakevin, hi, thanks for dropping by, yes I have been renting for the last six years so i know what are the issues involved, you have a good day!

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      Georgiakevin 7 years ago from Central Georgia

      This is some incredibly good advice. I hope you get plenty of readers!