Since big cities often have a rush on newly vacant apartments, separate yourself from other applicants by being a qualified renter. Follow these tips to show your potential new landlord that you are the best tenant for the space.
- No pets. Yes, this is a tough one since many people have a pet. That being said, if you are pet-free then make sure the landlord knows this first.
- Non smoker. Most cities have banned smoking in restaurants and public places and this also goes for apartment buildings as well. The landlord may not ask about this but let him or her know that you don't smoke.
- Employment. Most landlords will ask so be prepared to share your current employment situation. Most applications have this listed. Consider bringing a letter from your employer.
- References. Break apart from the pack and bring a reference letter or two to show that you are responsible and have your stuff together.
- Quiet. Ok you don't have to be super quiet but let the landlord know that you don't play music too loud or any instruments.
- Longer lease. If you know you'll be staying around for a while, tell the landlord up front that you would be willing to sign a 2-year lease.
- Interview. You'll meet the landlord on your visit to check out the apartment. Follow up and ask for an interview so you can relay all of the above information in person and without other apartment seekers around. This will also show the landlord that you are serious about renting an apartment.
Overall, the landlord wants good, responsible people living in the building. Yes, most of this is common sense so talk about all of these things as you are going through your apartment search.
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