The Hunt

What Is Co-Living?
What Is Co-Living?

What Is Co-Living?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve heard of sharing an apartment with roommates – if you’re like many Americans, you’ve almost certainly done so at some point in your life. Now, get ready for what is gradually becoming a new setup for sharing apartments with other people: co-living. As you might have guessed from the fact that “co-living” is its…
What Is a Guarantor?
What Is a Guarantor?

What Is a Guarantor?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Even if you’re mentally ready to move into your first apartment, you might not be financially ready. In some parts of the country, it’s common practice for landlords to require that your yearly income be 40 times the monthly rent, limiting your available options (or forcing you to split your rent with roommates). That’s why…
Five Essential Subletter Etiquette Rules
Five Essential Subletter Etiquette Rules

Five Essential Subletter Etiquette Rules

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re subletting from someone, you’ll be living in an apartment that’s at once yours and very much not yours. You might be a bit worried about how you can properly feel at home while respecting the original tenant’s space. With these five essential rules for subletter etiquette rules, you should have no trouble comfortably…
Six Tips for Reading Your Lease
Six Tips for Reading Your Lease

Six Tips for Reading Your Lease

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As exciting as it might be to sign a lease on your first apartment, actually understanding everything that’s in your lease can be a total headache. A lease is a legally-binding agreement, usually written in legal language that can be overwhelming to read. You might be tempted to skip some of this “legalese” and just…
Should You Rent from a Landlord or a Management Company?
Should You Rent from a Landlord or a Management Company?

Should You Rent from a Landlord or a Management Company?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into a new apartment can be an exciting change, but dealing with a new landlord and getting used to how they communicate and attend to repairs can be an experience that needs adjusting. Many people can recount horror stories of renting apartments from unresponsive or uncaring landlords and living longer than necessary in poor…
How to Choose the Right Apartment Complex for You
How to Choose the Right Apartment Complex for You

How to Choose the Right Apartment Complex for You

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you first begin the search for your first or next apartment, you might find a dizzying array of options available to you. Of course, you want to find the one that’s as close to perfect as possible, but each complex has its own benefits and drawbacks. Choosing the right apartment complex might seem easy…
Is Renting With Bad Credit Possible?
Is Renting With Bad Credit Possible?

Is Renting With Bad Credit Possible?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Let’s say you’re fresh out of college, eager to live alone, and on the hunt for your first apartment. With student loans on your shoulders — and if you’ve never had your own credit card or other line of credit — you might encounter some challenges. Namely, your credit score is likely below the minimum…
How Does Rent Control Work?
How Does Rent Control Work?

How Does Rent Control Work?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
No matter how you cut it, your monthly housing payment comprises a major portion of your monthly bills. Worse yet, if you’re renting, your landlord may be able to raise your rent every time you sign your lease for another year. That’s part of why terms such as “rent stabilization” and “rent control” are like…
Four Square Footage Facts You Need To Know Before You Rent
Four Square Footage Facts You Need To Know Before You Rent

Four Square Footage Facts You Need To Know Before You Rent

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’ve used an internet search engine to find a new apartment, you’ve certainly seen no shortage of the abbreviation “sq ft,” short for “square feet.” This measurement is intended to help prospective renters understand how much space their new apartment will have, but the number may be an abstract one for many renters. It’s…
How to Spot An Illegally Subdivided Apartment
How to Spot An Illegally Subdivided Apartment

How to Spot An Illegally Subdivided Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The need for cheap rent can sometimes compel people to settle for cramped, poorly maintained, and possibly even dangerous apartments. Sometimes, that shoebox apartment sounds like a super inexpensive steal, but something so small may be signs that a full-sized apartment is being subdivided, possibly illegally. Housing authorities require homeowners to obtain permits that outline…