Kayla Vaughan. Apartment. July 17th , 2018.
Older rental units from the sixties and seventies often have loud heating and air conditioning issues, and some of the heat pumps for these units are actually installed in the bedroom closet. These older designs can possibly lead to sleeping difficulty for those who are light sleepers. Many people who rent apartment units with a design like this only spend enough time in the unit to finish out one term of their lease and then they get out as quickly as they can. Beware of apartments that have this design if you have any desire at all for a quiet sleep.
Also, when talking rental agreement with the landlord, make sure that it includes the rental rate, security deposits, length of occupancy, apartment rules and termination requirements. Ask questions like how many people can stay in the apartments, when is the rent collection, what are included in the rental rates (i.e, water, gas, electricity, etc.) and under what conditions is the deposit refundable. And lastly, don't forget to check for signs of damage before you move in and inform the landlord immediately so you don't have to pay for anything you didn't break.
Once you have a clear idea of what you're looking for, begin your apartment search. The best place to start is at your college or university. Many schools offer affordable off-campus living, and most will at least have resources to aid in your search. You can also look for apartments for rent in advertisements posted around campus, or by using a few of the numerous online services as well as newspaper classifieds. Make a list of the rentals you're interested in, and call each leasing office. Ask about rent, utilities, laundry facilities, activity areas and amenities, and extra fees. Most likely, this will eliminate some of your choices. Once your list is reduced to about five properties, you're ready to start viewing.
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