Renting Advice

Long Island Renting Advice

Long Island apartments can be rather expensive to rent and time consuming to find; however, there are ways to make the process at least a bit easier to understand. The first thing that renters need to know is that most apartment complexes have non-refundable application fees and security fees. Before an individual can even consider moving in, they will have to undergo a background screening, credit and reference check; there are usually fees associated with these checks as well and rarely will refunds be given on any screening.
If an individual passes the preliminary screenings, they will have to give the apartment manager a security deposit, as well as sometimes the first and last month’s rent up front. While the security deposit might be refunded when the tenants move out if there is no damage done to the apartment- the first and last months’ rent will not be refunded.

The credit check will determine how creditworthy the renters are and will factor in to the deposits that must be paid. When a person’s credit is very low, they will have to pay a rather expensive deposit; whereas if they have good credit, the deposit amount will be minimal. Background checks are run to determine whether or not the potential renter has any sort of criminal history- there are some apartment complexes that will rent to anyone who has not committed a felony, though some will not rent to someone who has any sort of criminal background.

What can make finding an apartment even more difficult is, if an individual has a pet and finds a pet-friendly apartment complex, they will have to pay a deposit for their pet(s) based on age, species and breed. Most apartments do not allow people to have more than two cats, or two dogs and in the case of dogs, they must be under a certain weight and size limit. However, there is rarely ever a fee for small animals such as fish, birds or gerbils. However, the pet deposit, especially when paired with the other fees and deposits, can end up commanding an astronomically high price.

Something else to take into consideration is that there are many apartments that do not allow children which make it exceptionally difficult for someone with young children to find an apartment. The security deposit may even be raised if the child or children are under a certain age. Then, there is the fact that studio apartments have the cheapest rent; rent only increases when someone tries to find a two or three bedroom apartment.

All of those, coupled with the fact that not all complexes pay utilities and not all complexes have laundry facilities; mean that the person in question has to be serious about wanting to move into an apartment. They have to save up a rather large amount of money before they can even consider moving into one; but once they have the money saved up and are able to pass the credit and background check, it is not difficult to move into an apartment complex.

When moving in, it is important to determine what the rules and regulations are; some apartments have curfews and quiet times, though not all of them do. Some research is required before an individual should commit to moving, that way they know what to expect out of the complex they are moving in to. Once the research has been done, the fees and deposits are made and the screenings have been passed, it is very easy to move in; in fact, moving in is no more difficult than moving in to another house- the main issue people encounter with moving in to an apartment is that they have to be patient and wait for the manager to call and let them know when they can move in.


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