Renting Your First Apartment

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Renting Your First Apartment

You are setting out by yourself and you are renting your first apartment. You need to take into consideration what you want and need within the apartment. Do you need a furnished apartment or can you furnish the apartment yourself. Do you really need an apartment with resources included or are you able to have utilities inside your name. You will also need to think about appliances, like a dishwasher, stove and refrigerator. Do you have these items or will you be leasing your first apartment using these items included. When you know the answers to these Questions, you can begin looking for an apartment.

Renting your first condo is always exciting, you’re setting out by yourself, you should have your own home to care for, and you’ll have more freedom. Using this freedom come duties. If you have a job, you need to set aside enough money to pay for all the expenses of having an apartment. You are going to must make sure you can have people over without having disturbing other tenants and you have a responsibility to maintain the premises clean and damage free.

Renting your first apartment entails that you might have other duties to do besides paying the bills and keeping the particular apartment clean. If you rent a lower toned, you might have responsibilities regarding lawn care and maybe some weather connected chores as well. Unless you want these types of duties, you might only consider upper flats for rent. You do not want to over problem yourself when hiring your first apartment. You’ll want time to do everything that is required when renting your first apartment or residence.

When it is time to find your first apartment, it is possible to jot down a few questions to inquire about the property manager, that ought to help eliminate rentals that are not suited to your preferences. When you call for information about the apartment, it is prudent to ask these Questions before scheduling a scheduled appointment. If it is not what you are searching for, then you do not want to waste time looking at the apartment. It is best to ask questions until you are usually satisfied that the apartment will be right for you.

When you’re renting your first condominium, you may tend to believe that you can have something just as nice as you been there at home. This may not always be true. You are able to take even the many moderate apartment making it a display inside even if the outdoors has a bit to be desired. You do not want to around extend yourself on rent payments.

You will also have to consider utilities, foods, clothing, car expenses or transportation expenses and any other necessaries for example insurances. You will find that your first apartment is like the rest. It is never something that you would certainly settle for, but it is the first in a line of several you will have before you wed or buy a house of your own.

Comments: 18

  1. Alexa June 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm Reply

    I want to sound as knowledgeable as possible about renting an apartment so that I don’t get taken advantage of or anything like that. If you can mention as many crucial questions that pertain to renting an apartment for the first time as possible it’d be GREATLY appreciated!!! Thanks so much!

  2. Yevette September 28, 2013 at 2:57 am Reply

    I have a credit score of about 720 right now I have had one credit card capital one for about 1 1/2 years and a department store card for about 1 year, I am planning on renting an apartment mabye by next year when I have more money saved up, I am turning 21 in August. Will having a credit score of 720 affect me getting an apartment?
    Actually my credit score is 722, it says its 45% higher than US population. Also does income affect getting an apartment, my boyfriend and I were gonna split half and half, he doesn’t really have credit?

  3. Hillary October 2, 2013 at 5:07 am Reply

    I’ve rented apartments before, but mostly in small towns where all you had to do was pay and they’d rent to you. I’ll be moving to a large city in a few months, and most of the apartment complexes I’ve looked at require submitting an application. What do they ask on these? Do I need the contact information for my former landlords? If so, just the last one, or a few of them? Do I need other references? Or will they be more concerned about my job and how much it pays? Thanks for any help.

  4. Wilber November 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Recently i bought a used treadmill of 2.65H.P.i just would like to know that can i run this machine in a rented apartment, i mean the power will be enough to run this machine or i need any special electric equipment to run this, because i don’t want to push my self in to awkward situation or dangerous situation.


  5. Ardath December 23, 2013 at 7:30 am Reply

    I am currently renting an apartment that became infested with bed bugs! I complained to my apartment manager several times and they had Orkin come out and treat. They now want me to reimburse them for the Orkin bill stating that it was my responsiblity? Being as I didnt have a bed bug problem before I moved in there I feel that this is not my obligation to pay this bill. Am I legally responsible to pay this? And can I put my rent money into escrow until this issue is resolved?

  6. Wilmer January 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm Reply

    I have multiple pets. If I move from Ontario to Alberta, I need to know the laws regarding renting apartments as a pet owner. In Ontario, a landlord can not forbid pets. What are the laws in Alberta?

  7. Kasha February 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Looking into renting soon and have a credit rating of 709. Would this stop a aprtment complex from letting me rent??
    Well just that I have high balances to my credit line. Never rented yet still at home. Also other problem is girlfriend and her ex broke a lease.
    ok but is it true appartments look for the times 3 thing with income.

  8. Trang February 22, 2014 at 2:03 am Reply

    Hi ive been contacting two different owners of an apartment who are renting it at anytime… what caught my attention is that both owners have situations that make them go back to England… One already lives there and one is about to leave soon… I just wanted to know whether this is more of a scam or is just mere coincidence…. Here what they exactly wrote…..


    I just read your message regarding my apartment.
    Sorry if my answer comes quite late, but your email arrived in my spam folder, and I couldn’t see it until now.
    I bought this apartment for my daughter during her studies in US, but now she’s back home permanently, so I’m renting the place for unlimited time.
    The flat is fully furnished and renovated, exactly like in the photos.
    You can use my furniture, or you can also use your own if you prefer. If you decide to use yours, you will have access to a large and well ventilated cellar, where you can store my furniture.
    Also, very important, the utilities (cold/hot water, electricity, wireless broadband Internet, digital TV, 2 parking spots in garage, air conditioning, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, etc.) are included in the price of 700 $/month. The kaution is also 700 $, and you get it back, when you decide to leave the apartment (you will have to give me at least 30 days notice). As for me, you can rest assured that I will never ask you to leave the apartment.
    Before we go any further I would like to know how many persons you intend to share the flat with, and for how long.
    Now, a little bit about myself: My name is Thomas Morgan and I’m a 59 years old graphic designer from London, planning to retire in the next 2 years.
    I have a lovely wife, Christine and a 25 year old daughter, Linda. I am very proud to say that soon I’m going to be a grandfather :).
    Another member of our family is a six year old Labrador Retriever which we all love, so, since I’m a pet owner myself, I will have no problem if you want to keep a pet in the house.
    The only inconvenience is that my job doesn’t allow me to leave London even for one single day. We just hired some new staff and I’m in charge of their training, so my schedule is pretty hectic right now.
    But this won’t affect the rental at all. I can make arrangements to rent the apartment from London (on my expense of course).

    Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    All the best from Britain!



    My name is Alyssa Salas, I’m 39 years old and I hope this email finds you well. The apartment is located at 1425 Locust St, Philadelphia PA, 19102. It has 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 kitchen and 1 living room at $900 per month (below market value) in return for taking good care of the place. I am looking for someone who will be careful and thoughtful to live in it, as soon as possible, because I have recently suffered a divorced and I will move back home in Oxford, England. The lease can be for a minimum 1 month to 6 years or more. I’m the full right owner of the apartment and the utilities are included in this price (rent/month). Everything in this apt is functional because is recently renovated.
    Just to mention a few, it includes: (refrigerator, washer/dryer and most important 2 parking spaces.). I would also like to know how many persons will occupy the apartment and for how long would like to sign the rent contract, something about you, your ocupation (any pets? cats or dogs?). Unfortunately I, have the keys no one else have access in the apartment because it is a private property.

    Thank you for your interest and wait news from you.

    Please let me know what you guys think?

    Thank You.

  9. Lucile February 22, 2014 at 2:03 am Reply

    I am renting an apartment in 20 apartment’s building and we have 2 washers / 2 dryers on premises. One of the washers is broken for 1 month. I just spoke to LandLord, since manager wasn’t able to dela with it and landlord says that he doesn’t have to fix it. He says he doesn’t have to provide washer / dryer services at all. I live in Los Angeles, CA and have 10 month baby, it is really easy and convenient to me to do my laundry on premises. Is it anything I can do to make landlord repair the washer?

  10. Marcelene February 22, 2014 at 5:43 am Reply

    I’m fixing to be 17 June 11th & with that I have 1 more year until I move out of my parents house. I’m aiming for moving out at when I’m 17 & 1/2 though..depending on whether or not my parents will co-sign the lease for me until I’m 18. But my question(s) are, How much money do I need to have saved up for a $599-1059/month apartment?, If that is the monthly cost of an apartment, do you personally think that it includes water/electric/AC?, IF NOT, how much do you think each would cost?, & I know I’m forgetting A LOT of things so could you take the time & tell me what specifically I’m missing in order to rent my first apartment ? After all this is my first time, & I’m only trying to prepare as much as possible right now..
    I live in Picayune, MS. I’m not going to spend that much on extra stuff though. Just mainly necessities. I don’t want to live on bare minimum but it’s kind of what I’m aiming for.. Im most likely going to have a friend or 2 live with me as well. I’m mainly just trying to get a concrete figure on how much a month I need to get with my job & all to pay for everything to do with the apartment, etc.

  11. Maxie February 22, 2014 at 8:55 am Reply

    Can you still rent an apartment even if you have bad credit? Is it true that having bad credit can ruin your chances of finding a job?

  12. Columbus March 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply

    hi so im a high school senior–plans to get out of here and get an apartmetn to go to tech school before a four year….have to get a place to stay and all..trying to decide which would be better to rent a house or an apartment? what are the ins and outs of both? which is cheaper?

  13. Warner March 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Hi guys. I’m going to rent an apartment in Ottawa, Canada starting this september. I’m trying to find a lease transfer with few months remanning or a month-to-month agreement because I don’t want a yearly contract since I might transfer schools and go to another city next seamster (starting January) but a month to month rent would be perfect since I’m not completely positive I’m going to move.

    Anyway I’m currently outside of Canada and will be in Ottawa in the 30th of August and I’m gonna stay in a cheap hotel room till I rent an apartment. I’ve found quite a few Ads on Kijiji offering a lease transfer and I tried emailing some of them, none replied. However when I’m in Ottawa I’ll try calling and contacting more people. What would I need exactly if they agreed to rent me the apartment? I don’t have a job and I don’t have much in my bank account. My dad is going to pay for the apartment but he lives in my home country. I don’t really have “recommendations” if that’s what it’s called because I’ve never rented a place before. Should my dad transfer money to my bank account that covers the whole rent period? What do I need exactly. I’m so stressed right now and I really need to know everything so I can avoid any future problems. The thought of being there and being told that I cannot rent or not being qualified is terrifying.

  14. Emerita March 16, 2014 at 1:31 am Reply

    Okay, so next semester I will be a sophomore at my college.
    I was told me move out of my house and now need to find an apartment.

    Here’s the problem: I will be living at school, working on campus as an RA, a job that was very difficult to get into and one that will look great on my future resume–NOT a job I am looking to give up.

    If I rent an apartment, is there some way I can put it on hold during the semester? Like, keep the apartment even though I’m not living there? Paying less than monthly rent, just to keep the space?
    Please help, I don’t know the first thing when it comes to renting apartments!! Thanks!

  15. Cruz March 19, 2014 at 4:25 am Reply

    Well i’m starting College next year. I’m going to be moving to a different state and i’m not sure if I want to stay on Campus. The College i’m going to is close to where my Xbox LIVE friends live at so atleast i’ll know some people. Now back to the question,i’m not sure if I want to live on Campus or not. I REALLY like to have my own privacy and i’m not a big people person. What do you think is better for me,living on campus or renting an apartment?
    Forgot to put this. I actually found a apartment that is pretty close to the College.
    It’s a little more than living on campus but I can afford it. I’ve been saving money up from my job.
    I’m actually a pretty responsible person. I do my own laundry,get my own food and cook it. I don’t need to make a whole bunch of friends. I already have some that live in Ohio.

  16. Carl April 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Soon I’ll be renting my first apartment and I had a couple questions

    Do you typically have to show proof of income or how does that work?

    and how long does it take to get the apartment i.e. signing papers and everything

  17. Denis April 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm Reply

    How old do you usually have to be? How can I find one? What is an average price? Can I rent one for just 2 or 3 months?

    I’m 19 and I live in a dorm, but i want to live in an apartment next year!

    Also, I live in Charlotte NC, but I need an apartment in Wilmington NC.

  18. Clyde April 19, 2014 at 11:54 am Reply

    I want to know if the rent and deposit are due at the same time. What is the difference between a loft and an apartment. And is the first months rent due before the deposit.

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