Find the Top Apartment Listings
You might be asking what a apartment locator can do for you. Contrary to popular belief, almost all locators don’t charge a fee for their services. The locating companies are normally paid by the property management companies unless a certain agreement has been reached between both the apartment finder and the renter. And in many cases, apartment locators will also provide the renter rebate checks back in exchange for using their service. In many cases $100 or $200 is perfectible normal. Now that you know how apartment finders make their living, are you someone who might want to find the top apartment listings and deals?
If you’re searching for your rentals in a smaller city with just a few hundred thousand people, you might be able to locate and find a great home without the use of an apartment finder. But when you’re moving to a city the size of Houston or Dallas, an apartment locator might be necessary. You might be saying to yourself about now that you can find the perfect apartments in any city, no matter the size. And while that might be true, is that the best choice available to you? Unless you have an unlimited budget, and aren’t’ looking for any great deals, then an apartment finder might not be in the cards for you.
But if you are one of those renters that likes great deals and wants plenty of options before they sign their next lease, then an apartment finder might just be what you are looking for. There are many suburbs and neighborhoods in in select cities. And the large majority have apartments throughout. A good apartment locator is familiar with apartment availability and specials.
Whether you want to move into a town-home, high rise, or just a regular flat, we will have plenty of options for you today. And if you are bringing pets with you, you should be aware of pet rent. Yes, man apartments are now charging monthly rent for pets as well.
Speaking of pets, in the eyes of apartment communities, they are different based upon breed and weight. It’s best to check with the leasing agent to ascertain what the weight limits and restrictions they have in place. Each community may be entirely different. The one thing you can count on, the majority of apartments won’t allow aggressive breeds to inhabit the homes. Although you might be saying your pet “wouldn’t hurt a fly”, the management company will have strict rules. A few apartments will have “doggie interviews”. This is a process where the management team will want to meet and greet your pet if it fits outside the guidelines. Whatever you do, don’t break the rules.
Pet weight is a limit set by the management company. Make sure that you ask about the maximum limits if you are bringing a pet with you.
Although renting apartments is easy as submitting your application and deposit, here are some tips that anyone can use before you lease your next home.
I) The majority of management companies and landlords will run a complete background check. They are looking for rental and any criminal history, and other items like judgments from rental communities that might have been placed on your credit report.
While some apartments will work with individuals with “broken leases”, the majority will not, and this is where an apartment locator can assist you. If you know that you have a judgement or broken lease, be sure to let your leasing agent know before you apply. Remember that you can pay these latter 2 items off. This will basically set you free. Of course you will want proof and a receipt after you have made payment.
II) Many renters scour websites and the periodicals for “all bills paid” residences. The majority of these will pay a portion of your bills including electricity and/or water. Many of you don’t want the hassle of having to pay additional bills, and like the convenience of just paying your rent at the beginning of the month. But what you may not realize, the apartments just include those bills in your monthly rent. Based on your usage, you might end up paying more.
Also the majority of these types of apartments are older. Many “all bills” paid facilities were constructed in the 1970’s and earlier. So if you prefer something newer, chances are it won’t include any utilities paid options. But, these latter types of apartments are perfect for renters; and it’s very convenient. However, there aren’t many of these sorts of rental around. Be sure to contact an apartment finder who has access to all of the apartments that include bills in their rent.
III) Which brings us to utility bills. Remember that when you rent most apartments, you will have extra bills including electricity, water, trash and other items. Cities in the south can be exceptionally hot, and unless you don’t run your a/c unit, you will experience high electricity bills in the summer months. Remember that the lower floors in the community will generally be cooler than higher floors. All bills paid properties are scarce. Using an apartment locator can provide you will all of these latter options.
IV) Some prospective tenants want to target apartments in specific zip codes and within school districts. Real estate agents can target zip codes, school districts, and price ranges.
Many renters prefer to look for apartments on their own. Although they can sign a lease and move-in on their own, wouldn’t it be easier to let an apartment locator do the heavy lifting for you? After all the service is free, and chances are a professional knows more about the industry than someone who is a completely different occupation.
An apartment finder may also work with clients who have broken leases. If you have attempted to search for apartments that accept broken leases, you probably have struggled to find a community that will approve your application. At Rentkids, we have been very successful in placing renters that have 1 broken lease. If you have several broken leases then the process becomes much more difficult. Many apartments that accept broken leases won’t state explicitly their terms and conditions. This is exactly the situation a locator can help you resolve.
Here is some more information about what fees the management companies are charging their residents today!
Almost all communities will charge an application fee. Usually this is a nominal amount (usually between $50-$65) per person. Married couples will pay more, but will need to submit just one. Some apartments will waive these fees with approved credit.
Deposits will vary based upon the apartments in question. If your renting a private house or condo, the deposit will normally be equal to one month’s rent. If your going the route of renting from a public complex, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars. It will increase based upon the number of bedrooms you are renting. And usually a portion of the deposit or the entire amount will be refundable. After you move out the manager or the staff will conduct a walk-through. If your bringing a pet with you, expect to pay an additional pet deposit as well. They will determine how much if any of the deposit you will receive. Be sure you leave a forwarding address so they can send you a check
What exactly is this type of fee? This type of fee is used to re-condition your residence, prepare documents, or some other miscellaneous charge that is very common in a rental transaction. It is also in the “hundreds of dollars” range and is non-refundable.
Didn’t pay your rent on time? A late fee will be assessed for each month that your late. Be sure to ready your lease contract for the amount and any grace period you may have. Usually, the rent will be due on the 1st of the month. And many communities will give you the option of paying rent through an online portal.
It’s an additional charge that renters will pay on top of their current monthly rent. It’s relatively new and usually is $15 or $20 per month. If your asking why you have to pay this on top of the additional pet deposit, you might want to direct the question to the manager. Many apartments are now charging pet fees in addition to a pet deposit.
Many communities are requiring renter’s to hold a policy. You might think that the landlord or owner is responsible for your belongings from a fire, flood, or unimaginable loss. But that’s simply not the case. Think of everything your bringing with you to your new place. That might be artwork, electronics, furniture, clothing, etc. Can you put a value on this? Renter’s insurance will assist with the replacement of your belongings. Also if there is a fire or flood, and your place is uninhabitable, where will you go. Certain policies will cover for hotels, etc. You might be wanting to know how much a policy will cost? It’s best to contact a company but it’s not as much as you think.
Water and Trash
In addition to your monthly rent, there is water and trash that must be paid. When you set up utilities, you will be responsible for electricity, cable, and Internet. Water is a little different in this respect, and will be added based upon your usage. Normally you won’t have to contact a provider regarding your water. Usually you will simply receive a bill in the mail. Think your getting over-billed for your water usage. Your not alone. This is a chief complaint among many residents.
Did you know that you could be fined? Read your lease contract thoroughly. If you make too much noise or have a friend stay with you for an extended period of time without notifying the leasing office, it’s possible you will have to pay a penalty or in some extreme cases, you might get evicted.
Who should use an apartment finder? The quick answer is anyone. The large majority of them are completely free. An apartment finder can also do a lot of the leg work for you. Finding specials and making phones calls is lengthy process.
Believe it or not, there are rental scams that you will want to be aware of. Usually you may come upon these if your renting a private home or searching for apartments on less reputable websites. If you responding to a private ad on Craigslist, or somewhere else on the Internet, then this may apply to you. How are you supposed to know if the person you are speaking with is the landlord or owner? Many times renters will send a deposit to the individual who is running the advertisement. However, this person in no way represents the property at all.
Be sure and do your homework. Keep your eyes and ears open. Make sure you tour the apartments in person before you transfer any monies whatsoever. Of course it’s always a good idea to use the services of a locator to assist you along the way.