We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Should I Consider When Renting my First Apartment?

By K T Solis
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Moving into a first apartment can be an exciting prospect to any young adult. Living away from parents, being independent, and having a place to call their own are just a few reasons why many look forward to taking that first step toward renting a first apartment. People who want to lease their first apartment should consider several factors before making any decision.

First, it's necessary to look for an apartment that suits a person's specific needs. Potential apartments can be located in the newspaper, phone directory, rental guidebooks, or the Internet. Some websites allow potential renters to take virtual tours of apartments. This provides the consumer with a general idea of the floor plan without ever setting foot inside the actual apartment.

People looking for a first apartment should consider where they wish it to be located. It's important that the apartment is in a safe neighborhood but offers monthly rents that fit the person's budget. A consumer should also consider the type of features needed in an apartment. Not all apartments offer the same amenities. Some may offer dishwashers, while others do not.

Washer/dryer hookups may be available in one apartment complex, but another apartment building may only offer an on-site laundry facility. Some tenants may need a place that permits pets, while other tenants may look for a complex that provides an on-site fitness center. No matter why type of apartment a person seeks, it's important to contact the Better Business Bureau in order to ensure that the property management company has a good reputation.

Once a person decides on an apartment, she is required to fill out an application. The application helps the landlord determine whether or not the applicant is a good candidate for living there. The landlord will use the application to conduct a credit check and verify the applicant's employment and salary. These factors will help the landlord decide whether or not to offer the apartment to the applicant. Most property management companies require that the applicant pays a fee to fill out the application.

Once an apartment application is approved, the tenant must sign a lease agreement. This agreement should be read carefully since it provides important information about the duties of both the applicant and the tenant. It provides details concerning the length of the lease, the security deposit, the monthly rent, how repairs are handled, and other crucial matters pertaining to the rental agreement. A lease is a contract that serves as a protection for both the tenant and the landlord. The rent or rules of a lease cannot be changed unless both the tenant and landlord agree on the terms.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.