Q: Why should I use an apartment locator?
A: Using an apartment locator will save you much needed time, stress, and possibly even money! Driving around aimlessly looking for an apartment can be extremely time-consuming. When you have rental debts or credit challenges, it will be even more time consuming as you have no idea whether the property will work with you regarding that challenge or not. An apartment locator has knowledge of and access to all details of all apartments and can easily refer you to the ones that best fit your needs!
Q: How much will it cost me to use an apartment locator?
A: Absolutely nothing! We are a free service to you and get paid a commission by the property that we refer you to.
Q: What items will I need with me to preview the apartment and/or complete the application process?
A: You will need a state or government issued identification or passport to view an apartment. Once ready to fill out an application you need your state or government issued identification or passport, last 3 paycheck stubs or bank statements or (tax return if you own your business), and Social Security card.
Q: How soon should I start my apartment search?
A: Most properties require a 60-day notice from existing residents before they can move so we recommend starting a minimum of 60 days before you are ready to move to insure we find the availability in the location you are seeking.
Q: Once my lease is up can I move anytime I want?
A: All properties require a written notice before you move, even if your lease is up. Most properties require a 60-day notice but there are some that only require 30 days. Check the clause in your lease contract to make sure you know how and when to correctly give your written notice to move from your apartment otherwise it will result in a rental debt on your credit report. Insure you obtain a written acknowledgement from the Leasing office or Management Staff that your move out notice was received and retain a copy for your records.
Q: What if I have a broken lease, eviction, or rental debt on my credit report? Will that be an issue when looking for an apartment?
A: Yes, it will. Some properties will accept an application from a person with a rental debt on their credit report and other properties will not. That's why using an apartment locator is so important as it will ensure that you do not waste your time or money trying to lease an apartment that you would not qualify for. Please insure you disclose any rental debts, evictions or broken leases on your rental application as failure to do so could result in forfeited monies.
Q: What if I have something on my criminal background report?
A: We all make mistakes and that is a fact of life. Make sure to answer all questions your apartment locator asks you honestly so they can give you the absolute best service possible. Properties have different requirements on how they handle a misdemeanor or felony charge. Some properties will not accept them at all and others have a time limit on how old they have to be as well as the nature of the background. Your apartment locator will be well-versed in referring you to the properties that best fit YOUR needs!
Q: What are the associated fees with leasing an apartment?
A: Most properties will have a non refundable application fee and an admin fee, as well as a deposit along with a pet deposit and pet rent if you are bringing a pet. Those fees vary depending on the property. Be prepared for those fees in addition to your first month's rent and you will typically be covered. If your credit is not up to par or you have a rental debt on your credit report keep in mind that the deposit will be higher than normal. Some properties also charge a non refundable risk fee in these types of situations. Properties do move-in specials periodically and if you need to reduce some of those fees ask your locator to search for properties only doing move-in specials.
Q: What about utilities?
A: The typical property will give you a bill for water, gas, pest control and trash that is separate from your rent but payable to the property. There are a few properties here and there that cover those bills but the majority of them do not. You will need to secure your own electricity provider and if you go through our apartment locating service we can easily handle that part for you as we are also Ambit Energy Independent Consultants. Most properties these days will require an electricity account number and proof of electric before giving you the keys to your new apartment.
All properties will require you to also have renter’s insurance and have a minimum of $100,000 in personal liability coverage. They will need proof of your renter’s insurance prior to releasing keys to your apartment home. Many residents bundle their policy with their existing auto insurance provider or you are also welcome to visit sites such as lemonade.com, e-renters.com.
Q: What about pets?
A: The majority of properties only allow 2 animals. Different properties have different guidelines on weight and/or breed restrictions for dogs. Make sure to tell your apartment locator if you have a dog and what breed and how much the dog weighs. All properties also have a pet deposit and that amount will vary per property along with monthly pet rent which usually runs around $10 - $20 a month. The majority of the communities also charge a non-refundable pet fee which varies from each community.
Q: What should I expect on my move in day?
A: The apartment community will require that all lease parties have executed the lease agreement in full and collect any outstanding monies before keys, gate remotes can be released. Proof of electricity and renter’s insurance will need to be effective the move in date and presented to the leasing office preferably at least one business day prior to your arrival.
Some properties will insist on completing a move in walk thru with you to insure you are familiar with your apartment home as well as the amenities. We encourage you to take the staff up on this offer while completing your Move In Inventory Inspection sheet as this is due back to the Leasing Office within 48 hours of your move in. Please retain a copy of this for your records to be able to use the “move out” section upon your move out date upon lease expiration should you not renew your lease.
Q: How do I make sure my apartment locator gets paid for their services?
A: Since apartment locators work strictly on commission it is very important to let the property know that your locator referred you so that they will get paid. Please make sure to get your locator's name and company name on all guest cards and applications that you fill out when you view and/or apply to a property that they refer you to.