Should You Research Your Landlord or Apartments Before Signing a Lease?

Trying to find a new apartment can be a pretty intimidating task; this is going to be your home for the foreseeable future! Because of this, many potential renters wonder if they should do research on the landlord or apartments.

The answer is a resounding yes! Anything you can do to gain more information before you sign will be well worth it. Read on to find the best tips for how to research your landlord or apartment before you sign a lease.

Research the apartment complex online

If the apartment you’re considering is part of a large apartment complex, there will most likely be plenty of information about it online. You can check services apartment rating websites to see how current or past tenants have rated the apartment complex for factors such as noise problems, the common grounds, safety, office staff, maintenance, and the neighborhood. You can also find information on basic search engine reviews that will help give you an idea of the pros and cons of the apartment complex.

Research the landlord online

Landlord rating services, like apartment rating websites, allow tenants to rate their landlords based on things like good communication, quick response time, and general friendliness. If your landlord can’t be found on this site, you can do a quick internet search for them to find social media profiles, news articles or any other public information. While doing this all won’t necessarily give you information specific to your situation as a renter, it can give you a good idea of who you’ll be working with if you choose to rent from them.

Ask the other tenants

If anyone knows whether the landlord and apartment are satisfactory, it’s the current tenants in the building. If you’re comfortable reaching out, try to talk to any of the current tenants to get their thoughts. It doesn’t have to be awkward, just a simple, “Hey, I’m thinking about moving here, how do you like it?” Not only will this question give you an idea of what renters like and don’t like about the apartments or landlord, but it can help you get to know your potential neighbors!

View the apartment yourself

The most important thing to do is to view the apartment and meet the landlord yourself. While online reviews and other people’s opinions can be great, nobody else has the exact same needs and personality as you – someone else’s perfect apartment might not be yours! 

Set up an appointment to tour the apartment and make sure it has enough space for your furniture and anything you might need. Be sure to look around for mold, bugs, or any other hazards. And most importantly, make sure you read everything in the lease before you sign it. Things to look out for include hidden fees, the landlord’s right to access the property, and who will be responsible for repairs and utilities.

Do yourself a favor and do your due diligence before signing that lease. With just a little bit of research, you can make sure your new apartment will be the perfect place for you!

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