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Tips for Renting a Suitable Apartment

keys in doorTips for Renting a Suitable Apartment

Finding a suitable apartment in any city takes a great deal of time and effort and can be very stressful. Finding a rental in Sudbury has become increasing challenging as the city continues to grow. It’s not as complicated as purchasing a house, but it involves making comparable decisions.  Unless you’re able to get a month-to-month lease, you will probably have to make a commitment for a year.   A year may not seem like a long time, but if something about your new residence is intolerable, it can seem like an eternity.  Here are a few tips to guide you as you search for your next rental apartment or house in Sudbury.

Locating

There are many places to locate an apartment on your own:  the local newspaper, Craigslist, Kijiji and bulletin board notices, to name a few.  Have you ever answered an ad for what seemed like your dream apartment, only to be horribly disappointed when you saw it? If the lessor was not honest in the ad, what else is he or she hiding?  Having a reputable real estate broker locate an apartment for you is often a good option. It’s costly, but it’s worth it in the end. The broker does all the leg work. Since the broker is familiar with both landlord and tenant law and the elements that are required to be in the lease, there’s less likelihood of your being taken advantage of by an unethical landlord or by one who lacks knowledge of the law. However, browsing listings on a reputable site, like RentSudbury.com, will yield the most results and provide you with the most diverse options. It’s FREE and operated from within the Sudbury community.

Cost

How much are you willing to allocate to rent?  It’s wise to decide before starting your search how much you will spend on rent and determine not to deviate from it. One of the advantages of renting in an apartment building is that some of the utilities are included in the monthly fee.    However, if you rent an apartment in a private home, you will usually be responsible to pay for all utilities.    In some situations, you’ll be able to negotiate with the landlord, especially if you stand out from among the other potential tenants. Conveniently, RentSudbury.com offers a price range option while browsing listings, so you can stick to your budget!

Safety

No matter how attractive the apartment, safety is an important factor.  Ask the tenants or neighbors if there have been any recent break-ins or assaults in the area.  Find out who is responsible for code enforcement in the town to determine if there have been any code violations, such as faulty wiring.  Also, be aware of any potential health hazards, such as the presence of mold. Sudbury has many different areas that have their own distinct communities and style. Do some research about an area before committing to a rental.

Maintenance

Homeowners are anxious to keep their residences in good condition so there is little reason to be concerned about proper maintenance in a private home.  On the other hand, if the apartment is in a building, make sure the superintendent is responsive to repair requests.  Familiarize yourself with the maintenance policies, especially outside of business hours.  It won’t be very pleasant if you’re without heat on a Saturday in the middle of January and have to wait until Monday morning to get service. Thankfully, many rental apartment complexes in Sudbury are well maintained  and offer emergency service to tenants.

Amenities

Decide in advance what you absolutely can’t live without.  For example, if you detest laundromats, many apartment complexes have laundry facilities on the grounds and apartment buildings often have washers and dryers in the basement.    Do you have a pet?  This can be very frustrating when apartment hunting since landlords are rightfully concerned about the wear and tear that sometimes comes with pets.    However, even if the landlord has a no pet policy, he or she might make an exception.

Privacy

Most people think there’s more privacy in a home than in an apartment building, but it really depends on the situation.   For example, if the homeowner asks you a lot of personal questions when you first meet, this should be a red flag. If it’s an apartment building, don’t hesitate to ask the landlord about the people who live in the apartment next door. The intention is not to pry but to give you an idea of how much privacy you can expect.

Interview

How you handle the interview with the landlord is crucial.  This is the time to determine if the landlord has any specific requirements regarding the care of the apartment.  What you want to watch for are any unreasonable requests.  Also, don’t get too friendly with the prospective landlord.  Be cordial but keep a distance.   This is a business arrangement and should be treated as such.   Too much familiarity especially at the outset could cause problems down the road.

Sudbury is a growing community and is an exciting place to live! Renting can be a pleasant experience or it can be a nightmare.  Follow these guidelines to ensure you have the best experience!

 

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