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Things to Consider Before Renting

The most important aspect of searching for an off-campus house is to leave yourself enough time to find the right one, and therefore, to ask yourself exactly what you want in an off-campus home.

The following are some things to consider when making your off-campus house wish list:

Logistics

Finances

Management

Questions

 

Logistics

  • Apartment or house
  • Character of neighborhood
  • Furnished or unfurnished
  • Rental Parking or Street Parking
  • Carpeting
  • Access to washer/dryer
  • Policy regarding pets
  • Trash removal
  • Snow and ice removal
  • Policy regarding decorations

Finances

  • Security deposit
  • Rent
  • Cost of utilities
  • Additional costs
  • Bethlehem City parking permit (zoned areas)    

Management

  • Reputation of landlord
  • Condition of unit
  • Is the property licensed and inspected? The property should be licensed/inspected annually.
  • What current tenants say

Questions

It is important to ask questions about your landlord before signing your lease. Some questions to ask previous tenants:

  • What they have liked and not liked? Why?
  • What types of problems have occurred, if any?
  • Does the landlord provide service in a timely manner?
  • Does the landlord live in the area? If not, was a name of a manager in the area provided?
  • How are maintenance repairs done? Are maintenance concerns addressed in a timely manner?