Helpful Tips for Renting
Choose a safe, well-maintained apartment with a reputable landlord. Find out if the landlord has ever been cited for any building code or fire code violations. You can call the Code Enforcement Office at 355-3465. If a formal complaint has been filed against the landlord, the information will be on file at the county clerks office. You may want to look for another landlord or apartment if there are violations.
- Read everything before you sign any documents or a lease.
- Complete an inventory of the rental before you sign your lease. Negotiate repairs and improvements before signing.
- Visit a number of potential rentals.
- Check out safety issues, parking, access to transportation, locations of stores and laundry facilities.
- Don’t let yourself be rushed into anything; take your time and ask lots of questions.
- Keep a copy of all agreements, contracts and your credit report in a safe place.
- Get everything in writing. Verbal agreements are very difficult to verify. Make sure your rental agreement includes all promises made by the landlord.
- Research your rights and responsibilities as a renter.
- Be a good neighbor. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Let them know if you are going to have a gathering and be sensitive to their lifestyle and needs.
- Be safe. Call 911 in case of any emergencies.