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Questions You Should Have Answered Before Signing An Apartment Lease Agreement

Questions You Should Have Answered Before Signing An Apartment Lease Agreement

You likely went over even the minutest of details when it came to your choice of college. This process probably involved you asking several questions to determine if a particular college was right for you. In the same way, you should evaluate potential apartments to ensure you find the right one. Below is a list of several questions you might not think about that you should get answered before signing an apartment lease agreement:

How do I pay my rent each month?

Before deciding if an apartment is right for you, you need to find out how you pay rent each month. Do you have to send a check to a certain P.O. Box or can you drop a check off at the main office? Is there a way to pay online or another way to pay electronically?

Is there any grace for late payment?

Ideally you will never be in the position where this question comes into play, but being late on a payment happens sometimes. Therefore, you should find out if there is any grace period given if you miss your rent due date by a few days. Some apartment complexes will allow you a few days grace, others demand payment on the day it’s due, no later.

How do I get something fixed in my apartment after signing an apartment lease agreement?

You want to find out if there is a maintenance staff on duty at the apartment complex you are considering. Furthermore, you should ask how you go about getting work done. For example, if your toilet floods overnight, do you call at that moment or wait until the morning? Is there a waiting list for maintenance or is it just based on the severity of the problem? You will also need to make sure you have a number available to call if something happens that you need help with. After all, even a dripping faucet or a burner that doesn’t work on the stove is something that deserves attention. Also, find out how long you should expect to wait for these types of repairs in addition to those that are more severe.

How can I make sure I get my security deposit back?

Before signing an apartment lease agreement, you want to find out what you need to do to ensure you get your security deposit back. The easiest way to find this out is to ask your potential landlord what they consider “enough” damage to merit not giving you your deposit back. Each owner will define normal wear and tear and significant damage a bit differently.

Moving into an apartment is a fun life experience. You are achieving independence and facing the world on your own. However, before you sign an apartment lease agreement, make sure you get the answers to the above questions. Contact us at Douglas Heights for more information about our apartments in Chattanooga, TN.

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