What to consider when choosing an
Ask neighbors and
previous renters if they have had any problems with the facility or landlord.
Is the residence
well maintained and clean?
Is there enough
parking for each resident?
Are there rooms in
May I have a pet?
May I put up
posters, hang pictures, etc.?
For which utilities
am I responsible? What are the average utility bills?
What are your rules
regarding social gatherings/parties?
Where may I park my
What is the
surrounding neighborhood like? Do other students live in the area?
What are my
responsibilities for mowing grass/shoveling snow/trimming hedges?
Who do I call if
there is a plumbing or electrical issue? At what hours is it acceptable to
What problems have
you had with previous tenants?
Things to check, take pictures of,
and/or ask who is responsible for:
Outside – Lawn
maintenance/Snow removal issues? Lighting/Parking?
Doors – Deadbolts/Door
Windows – Condition
of windows? Screens/Locks? Subject to easy entry?
– Stove/Oven/Microwave? Refrigerator? Dishwasher/Garbage Disposal? Turn
everything on—do all the burners on the stove work? Does the oven work? Does
the dishwasher work?
Washer/Dryer/if none, are there hookups? If no laundry on site, how close is
the nearest laundromat?
– Sink (water pressure)? Bathtub/Shower (drain/water pressure)? Turn on the
faucets and check for yourself.
Bedrooms – Bed/Mattress?
Living Areas – Furniture condition (if furnished)? TV (cable, etc.)/Telephone?
Condition of walls/ceilings/floors? Issues with pests/termites?
– Type of air conditioner? Age/Condition of furnace? Who do you call if one of
these systems breaks or stops working? How quickly will someone be scheduled to
fix the problem?
Fire Safety – Do
the smoke detectors have batteries? Are the fire extinguishers charged? Is the
home safety system tied into local fire department?
Security System –
Stand alone system or connected to local authorities?
Final Inspection of the Apartment /
sure that you take photographs of any damage found in the apartment/house.
These photos may be your only evidence if you and the landlord disagree about
who is responsible for damage.