Info for Students
What to Look For
- Do not rent an apartment sight unseen.
- Read the lease carefully before signing it.
- How many people will be leasing the apartment? Is the number an allowable number under the Town’s ordinance? The ordinance requires no more than 3 unrelated people in a rental unit.
- Is there sufficient parking available without parking on the front lawn or in the street or creating a problem for the neighborhood?
- Do any of the ceilings appear to be sagging?
- Look for exposed wiring.
- Look for any signs of mold.
- Are there smoke detectors available? Are they hard-wired or battery operated?
- Are there carbon monoxide detectors in the rental unit?
- Are there two ways out of the building in case of fire?
- Check on whether utilities are included in your rent or whether you are liable for them.
- Check to make sure the heating system is working and if each unit is controlled individually in a building or whether it is shared and who controls the thermostat.
- Check to make sure the windows open and close properly and have screens on them.
- Check on trash pickup and put your trash curbside on the appropriate day along with recycling in a proper container on the designated days.
- Look for any holes both inside and outside that would allow animals, weather conditions and climate to get into your unit.
- Does the apartment have a locking door and does it work properly?