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Five things to know as a new renter

Luxury highrise NYC
Luxury highrise NYC
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Working as a leasing agent I’ve come across new renters who have no idea about apartment living. With that in mind, here is a list of things that renters should know before they move in to an apartment.

  1. Your mother and your maid don’t live here. Now, this does not pertain to your apartment which is your own business how clean or unclean you keep it. This is about the common areas that everyone has access to. If you are going to eat in the common areas please clean up behind yourself.
  2. Do not hog the washers and dryers. Again, you are sharing with other people so please be considerate. Also don’t leave your clothes in the washers and dryers for hours on end. All you are doing is angering your neighbors.
  3. Renters Insurance is important. Whether the apartment community you live at requires it or not, it’s a good idea to have. Renters insurance is important because it protects your prized possessions in the event of a fire or flood in the apartment. While it is an additional expense, in the long run you will be grateful that you have it.
  4. Choosing the wrong roommate could get you evicted. Before you decide to rent an apartment with someone, make sure that he/she does not have an alcohol problem, drug addiction, access to illegal fire arms or unruly friends and family. The bad decisions of your roommate-and their friends/family-can get you both evicted as well. An eviction can cause problems later when trying to rent a new apartment.
  5. Don’t just read your lease, understand it. Many times inexperienced renters are so excited about their first apartment that they tend to forget to read over, and understand, the lease, a potentially costly mistake. Take a few minutes to read the lease and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.
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