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Moving Tips: Be aware of lease agreements and apartment fees

Understanding how the apartment renting process works is vital for all new tenants.

Understanding how the apartment renting process works is vital for all new tenants.

If you move to an apartment, there are many items to review before you even begin packing. Understanding how the apartment renting process works is vital for all new tenants.

When you find an apartment that fits for you, be sure that you fully read through the lease before signing it. If you can, bring someone with you who is more experienced with the process so they can read over the lease to make sure you are signing a good agreement.

There are many costs you may have to pay, such as the common requirement that new tenants pay the first and last month's rent upfront. A security deposit may be used from that amount, but there are many apartment managers who will ask for that separately. Understand that you need to have this up front, and some managers expect it at the lease signing.

Be sure to ask your new landlord everything on your mind before signing the lease. This will help you familiarize yourself with who you are dealing with, and you will have peace of mind that your stay will be enjoyable.

When you are moving into your unit, be sure to inspect the entire apartment area. Ensure that there is no damage, bugs or other issues. If there are, inform your building manager immediately. If these are unresolved, or not noted, you could be held liable at the time your lease expires.

Make sure that you know all of the rules in your apartment complex, or neighborhood. There may be noise rules or other activities that are prohibited. Not only could you risk losing some or all of your security deposit for damaging activities, but you could also risk unwanted interactions with police for noise or other issues.