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5 Questions to Ask When Renting an Apartment

Isn't it unbelievable that the school system doesn't teach you what to look out for when searching for your first apartment?  Everyone goes through it, but no one talks about what criteria to use. 

If you're on the hunt for one of your first apartments ever, we're here to help you out. Here are five important questions you don't want to miss asking when renting an apartment.

1. How Much Is Rent?

During your apartment hunting, one essential question to ask is: how much is the rent? This can help you narrow down your search for apartments that are within your budget.

The popular 30% rule, which entails spending 30% of your income on renting an apartment, is outdated. This rule is even more ludicrous for those who are high-earners. Just because you can afford rent does not mean you should spend all your paychecks on rent. You could invest your money elsewhere.

2. How Much Are Utilities? 

In addition to rent, you also have to consider the utility expenses. Utility expenses often include water, electricity, gas, and trash.

The cost of utilities will differ depending on each landlord or property management company. Some may include certain utility expenses in the rent but rarely do they include all. Be sure to ask for the average monthly cost of utilities when looking for luxury apartments for rent in Preston Hollow.

3. How Do I File Maintenance Requests or Complaints?

This is something you don't have to worry about when renting some of the best luxury apartments in North Dallas. These properties are often managed by property managers that are dedicated to meeting the needs and concerns of the tenants.

This means that if you have a maintenance request to put in or a complaint to file, the process is easy and quick. They can get the job done quickly so you can resume your normal routines.

4. Is There Parking?

Another important question to ask when renting an apartment is: is there designated parking? Nothing's worse than spending a whole day at work, and then another half an hour searching for street parking.

One of the benefits of renting a luxury apartment and living in a luxury apartment community is that you have free covered parking for your car. In the north Dallas area, that means you don't have to suffer from burning hot seats or bird droppings on the roof of your shiny car. If you ask us, luxury apartment living is the way to go.

5. What Is the Subletting Policy?

This is a good question to clear with the real estate agent when you're looking for new luxury apartments. Even if you do intend to live out your lease, sometimes, things happen. Sometimes, a worldwide pandemic hits and you have to return home for an indefinite period. This is something you have zero control over.

Knowing the subletting policy upfront can save you from legal trouble down the road if you do have to break the lease early or turn to sublet-ing the apartment.


Renting an Apartment Made Easy

Some people get burned from apartment hunting and they learn the hard way when they're stuck with an apartment that they are not happy with. We hope that is not you. That's why we created this post to help make the apartment search for you easier. You can also find more resources on renting an apartment on our blog. 

If you're ready to find your new home in one of our luxury apartments in North Dallas, contact us today!