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Apartment Renters Q&A

Hi everyone! Welcome to our first ever
video, where we answer your questions about renting. We’re the Renterverse
team here at apartments.com. If you don’t already know about the Renterverse it’s our renter resource hub at Apartments.com/blog. I’m Alecia,
the Content Marketing Manager at Apartments.com. I’m here with the rest
of my writing team, Megan, Lauren, and Shannon. We have some questions, so we’re
going to start with one from Megan. This question comes from Stephanie in
Brooklyn, and Stephanie wants to know, “What do I need to bring to an apartment
tour?” So when you go on an apartment tour, you want to make sure that you have your
driver’s license with you or some other form of ID. You want to bring a list of
questions with you so whatever you need to know
about the apartment, like, when the last time it was updated. Make sure you go
through and turn on the shower. I know you feel weird doing that. No. But you
need to see that there’s pressure. You want to open the cabinets in the kitchen.
You want to check this oven, open the oven, make sure it doesn’t hit the
cabinet behind it, you know. I always open the fridge in the freezer to make sure
that it’s like, acceptable. Look through the closets. Make sure it’s –yeah — absolutely — yeah But yeah, take a shower! Not really! If you
decide that the water pressure is to your liking and you decide you want to
fill an application, you want to bring some form of payment, whether it be a
money order, credit card, whatever, if you want to fill out the application because
they’re gonna ask you for the application fee. So my question this week
is about what age can you rent an apartment. You have to be the age of 18
to rent an apartment in the United States however there are some situations
where you can rent under 18. One of them is legal emancipation from your parents.
Yeah, or you can just have them sign on as a cosigner or guarantor.
You can also be — if you’re married under the age of 18 with parental consent, of
course, and military service, if you’re an active member. I had a question from
Nick in Miami. Nick wants to know what it means to break the lease.
Well Nick, breaking the lease means terminating your lease agreement before
it’s officially over. So what’s a typical consequence of
breaking it? I guess you owe money. Form of payment? That’s a lot of the policies for
companies. You pay two months’ rent and you’re clean free — no obligations. Let’s
say you’re like six months into your lease of a 12-month lease, so that’s the
difference between owing six months’ worth of rent or just two. But in most
circumstances it’s probably best to avoid breaking the lease unless you absolutely
have to. Sometimes the property managers will work with you like give you the
option to pay in installments. A question I get a lot is, what kind of pets can you
have in your apartment? First of all, you have to make sure that
you live in a pet friendly community. That’s the first step — is to check your
lease, make sure that there — first there could be breed restrictions — there
probably are breed restrictions — weight restrictions, and they may specify cats
only, dogs under 25 pounds, these are all things that you really need to be aware
of beforehand, also pet rent, pet fees — make sure that you have that worked into
your budget, and know ahead of time. Make sure you — if you even are even
considering getting a pet — before you rent the apartment, ask about the pet
fees and the pet deposit. Okay that’s it for today. Thanks for coming to our very awkward first video. In the meantime,
please submit your questions to [email protected] or tweet at us! See you in the Renterverse! We did it!

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