I’m about to graduate and looking to rent an apartment. Here’re some takeaways that I learned from these videos:
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|1 owner for entire complex
|Separate owner for each unit
|Likely to raise rent
|Less likely to raise rent; more responsive to repair requests
There are fees to consider:
- Application fees
- Parking fees
- Pet fees
- Move-in and move-out fees
Pro tip: avoid buying new furniture and ask about utilities cost.
Check the area: neighborhood, pests, etc.
Consider buying renter’s insurance.
Record a video of your unit before you move in.
Do not pay a deposit or sign a lease until you have visited the place!
Use after-tax income for your rent budget.
Rule of thumb: 25% of your monthly take-home pay after taxes
Try out this calculator!