Educational Consumer Tips

Renting an Apartment

Author: Better Business Bureau

If you are considering apartment rental, ask yourself how much rent you can afford, how important is the location and how much space you need. Look in the classified ads, bulletin boards & apartment locator services. Once you find an apartment, walk through it and ask as many questions as possible. Inspect windows, doors, locks, check out the toilet, sinks, faucets and water pressure. See if all appliances and fixtures work.

Make a list of any damage or needed repair work and then have the landlord sign the list before you sign the lease. Most landlords require you to sign the lease and also ask for a security deposit equal to a half-month's rent to two month's rent. Carefully read and understand the lease. After signing it make sure you get a copy.

For more information, contact:

Better Business Bureau
(800) 828-5000

This report is general in nature and is not intended as a Business Review on any company, service or product.