4 Questions To Ask Before Signing A Lease On An Apartment

Finding the perfect apartment can be a time-consuming process. However, once you find your "dream" apartment, it's important to make sure you agree with all the terms of the lease and that you'll be happy in the apartment community as a whole. Specifically, there are a few questions you'll want to ask a leasing agent before you sign on the dotted line to ensure that this is in fact the ideal apartment for you.

What if I Need to Break My Lease?

You may not anticipate having to break your lease (who does?), but life happens. You'll want to find out what the apartment community's policy is for breaking a lease if needed. Some will require that you provide a certain amount of notice so they can find a new tenant, whereas others will charge you a flat fee for breaking your lease. Others still may allow you to find a sub-letter; either way, it's important to know what your options are before you assume a lease.

What Kind of Decorating is Allowed?

Of course you'll want to make your apartment your own. However, if you have plans to paint or put any nail holes in the wall, be sure to run this by with your leasing manager before you sign the lease. They might have restrictions or regulations in place regarding decorating. Many apartment communities, for example, will allow you to paint the walls but may ask that you re-paint them a neutral color before you move out.

What's the Parking Situation Like?

If you have a personal vehicle, make an effort to scope out the parking situation at your apartment complex. Are there assigned parking spaces for each unit or is it a free-for-all? Does there seem to be enough parking for you and any other tenants or guests? You may even want to inquire about covered parking in the form of a carport or garage, which may be available to rent at an additional monthly fee.

How Do I Submit a Maintenance Request?

Finally, in the event that you have a clogged sink, broken appliance, or other maintenance issue in your apartment, make sure you know who to contact and how to go about placing a maintenance request. Can you do it online or do you need to visit the office? What is there's an emergency, such as a burst pipe? Will you have an emergency number to call? Knowing what your options are and who to contact in the event of a maintenance issue is important for any renter's peace of mind.

Contact a business like ABA Rental Properties Inc to learn more.