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When you are apartment searching in Fresno CA, set up a rental search strategy. Be sure to identify ahead of time what you wish for in an apartment and what you can live without. Resolve in advance what parts of the city you might consider living in and make a list of apartment buildings within that boundary.
Be sure to contemplate how far away and how convenient it will be for you to trek to your job or your school or your family and friends. Additionally, how far away is the apartment from banks, shopping, hospitals, church, and so on. If you own a car, make sure that there is adequate and convenient parking space. If you don’t drive make sure that there is close by public transportation.
Limit your apartment hunt to the size of rental unit you require. Studio apartment or one bedroom apartment or 2 BR apartment or more. Are you thinking about a furnished apartment or do you need a short term rental? If you are renting an apartment with a cat, dog, or other pet, you need to find out which apartments allow renting with pets and which do not. And, if they do allow pets, is there an additional security deposit required and if so, how much is it? Do you want an apartment complex with an exercise room or tennis courts or a pool or a recreation room, and so forth. Do you just need a nice and clean pad.
Be reasonable about what you can come up with the money for. Most apartment renting guides suggest that your rent should not be more than 25% to 30% of your income. This can fluctuate depending on the income bracket, but be sure to be real when budgeting additional apartment expenses such as heating and air conditioning and other utilities. If you fall short of affording the apartment of your choice, you might consider sharing an apartment with a roommate or roommates. Keep in mind that living with roommates can help you meet the expense of an upscale apartment or even, in some cases, luxury apartments, but it also has extreme restrictions to your privacy.
If you are familiar with the locale and its neighborhoods, that gives you a distinct advantage for your apartment search. If, however, you are relocating to a new city or are not very knowledgeable about the town, you may want to speak to an Apartment Locator or an Apartment Finder.
Once you limit your search for apartments down to those which agree with your needs and desires you must be well organized and well prepared for your visits to the apartment complexes. When inspecting the rental premises be on the alert for hazardous conditions, too much noise from traffic or playgrounds or neighbors. Pay a visit to the apartment building at night as well as the daytime hours. This will give you a more complete understanding of the total space you will be living in.
When you find the apartment complex that meets your renting requirements and desires, you must be ready to put your best foot forward when you meet the resident manager. This person may be the apartment building manager or a renting agent for the apts. You should get ready for this apartment renting interview in a professional and intelligent way. Be advised that you are going to be asked to provide proof that you are a reliable prospective renter. You are most likely going to need references from previous landlords. You could also be required to show that you are gainfully employed and can meet the expense of the rent. Many landlords may well require a credit report. If you are a first time renter and/or you have incomplete credit history you may be asked for references from family, friends, employer, professionals, and the like. Likewise if you are renting with bad credit you will definitely want to come to the meeting with a strong collection of references.
You are not necessarily restricted from apartment renting with less than perfect credit, but you may well be required to put up an extra security deposit and possibly have a credit worthy person co-sign the apartment lease with you. Don’t be unprepared for any of these requests. Be sure to fill out a 100% accurate apartment rental application and come to the interview with references, proof of employment, credit information and any other renting resources at the ready. If you do have a credit history or renting history that might be negative, going through an apartment locator or apartment finder may be the better answer. They will present your history to the landlord for you, (make sure they are 100% truthful about it) and they can also be very helpful and save you a lot of time because they most likely will know which landlords and apartments are more relaxed in these circumstances. They can also tell you as to precisely what kinds of references and documents you might need to demonstrate that you can be a good resident.
You Have Discovered Your Dream Apartment
When you have located your ideal apartment, or as close to your dream apartment as possible, now it is necessary to pay exceedingly close attention to the details of the rental agreement. An Apartment Lease is a agreement between you and the owner. After agreed upon and signed by the renter and the landlord, the rental lease creates obligations and restrictions for both parties. The most noticeable covenants of the apartment lease are the length of the rental, (Six month lease, one year lease, two year lease, and so forth.) The amount of the security deposit, when the rent is owed, who is responsible for what utilities. Also in that apartment lease, though, are conditions, (sometimes in small print) that can deal with a large assortment of landlord and tenant obligations and restrictions.
They can contain, but are not limited to, the following:
* Maintenance of the apartment * Care of the premises * Cleanliness * Insurance * Governmental regulations * Eminent Domain * Annoyance and sound clauses * Stipulations as to the situation whereby the landlord can enter the premises * Use of Common Areas * Keys and locks * Loss or damage * Parking * Pets * Plumbing * What the manager may do if the rent is behind * What the resident can do to bring the rent current before any kind of action might be started * Non performance or violation of the contract by the resident * Renter’s penalties in the event of early termination * Circumstances which may cause the occupant or the manager to break the lease prior to the end of the term * Heat and other utilities * Removal of possessions * Surrender or Non-Surrender of the premises * Waivers of a range of obligations * Forbidden reprisals * Waste disposal * Recyclables
Prospective renters should read an Apartment lease thoroughly. Prospective apartment tenants ought to understand everything that is contained in that lease agreement and make an informed decision to be 100% accepting of all the provisions for both the resident and the landlord, that you are confident that you can live up to your end of the contract and that you are comfortable with the provisions on the landlord’s end.
If you do not understand every single clause of that apartment lease then do not sign it until you do understand it. If necessary and if possible, request assistance in interpreting the lease from a trusted source such as a experienced friend or family member or employer or professional, or anyone else who can understand it and explain it to you. If necessary get legal advice. It can cost additional money if you do not meet the criteria for free legal assistance, but that additional cost might save you a ton of money and save you a ton of misery and exasperation down the road.
If you do not agree with any of the provisions of that apartment lease and/or you feel that you can’t live up to the tenant’s obligations, or if you are not in agreement with any of the landlord’s rights under the agreement, then do not sign the lease until/or unless it can be changed to your agreement. If the apartment rental agreement cannot be amended to meet your needs and desires and comfort level then do not sign the lease and do not rent that apartment. The Apartment Rental agreement that you sign as a prospective tenant will not change once you become the actual tenant of that apartment.
Good luck in your Fresno apartment hunt and good luck in your new apartment.
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