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The Fundamentals of Renting and Living in an Apartment

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Here are some resources to help you decide if you really want to be an apartment dweller and answer the many questions you probably have. First, you'll need to figure out what you want so you can find a place that's suitable for you -- and maybe some roommates. You'll also need to be prepared to deal with landlords and understand your lease. Finally, you'll want to make sure you find a rental that fits your budget and know how to deal with common problems that may arise during your tenancy.
  1. Your Apartment Search
  2. Roommates
  3. Landlords and Leases
  4. Affording an Apartment
  5. Common Problems

Your Apartment Search

Web Search

Ask people who truly enjoy apartment living why they're happy, and they'll probably tell you they knew exactly what they wanted before they started searching, then got it. The perfect apartment for one renter may be a disappointing choice for another. Here's help on determining what type of rental is best for you and making sure you find good candidates.

Roommates

Compatible Roommates

Now that you know what you you're looking for in an apartment, should you find another person who shares your criteria to enjoy your new home with you? What type of roommate is best? Or is it better to avoid roommates altogether and live alone? Here are tips to help you decide.

Landlords and Leases

Breaking a Lease

If you rent an apartment, you must come to an agreement with the landlord, who owns the building. Your agreement, often memorialized in a written lease, outlines your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as those of your landlord. Find out how to make the most of the relationship with your landlord and handle common issues that arise with apartment leases.

Affording an Apartment

How much money?

Finding the perfect apartment is one thing -- affording it is another. Learn how to create a effective budget so you know how much you can afford for rent, utilities, and other living expenses. Plus, read some tips and tricks for saving money and lowering expenses while in your apartment, so that your rental stays affordable.

Common Problems

Every endeavor comes with its own set of common problems, and apartment living is no different. But with the right information and resources, you can be equipped to handle common problems that are likely to arise while you're an apartment dweller -- if not avoid them altogether.

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