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You don’t want to go into a meeting with your potential property manager feeling unprepared.  This is your chance to get all the answers to questions you may have, as well as those you maybe didn’t know you had.  You want to find the best place for your living so you have to know what to ask to find that out.

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These questions should help you feel more confident going into your apartment search and meeting with property managers so that you’re able to find the perfect home for you.

Apartment Availability:

  • When can I move in to the apartment?
  • Does someone currently live in the apartment?
  • When does the apartment become available?


  • Are any utilities included in the apartment’s monthly rent?
  • Which utilities am I responsible for?
  • Do you have a list of the companies for activation of utilities?
  • Is there any maintenance that I will be responsible for?
  • Are laundry facilities on the complex?
  • Are there any recreational facilities and is there an extra charge for the use?
  • How is trash taken care of?


  • Is there parking at the apartment building?
  • Is there assigned parking?
  • How many parking spaces will I be assigned?
  • Is there guest parking?  If so, where?


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  • Are pets allowed in the complex?
  • What kind of pets are acceptable?
  • Is there a pet deposit and if so, is it refundable?
  • What are the limitations on pets?


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  • What kind of security is offered?
  • What are the quiet hours and over night guests rules?
  • What are move-in/move-out procedures?
  • How do I receive deliveries?

Deposit and Lease:

  • What is the monthly rent?
  • How much is the deposit?
  • When do you collect rent?
  • What is the penalty for late rent?
  • How do I go about renewing my lease?
  • If I need different amenities, can I move into a different unit in the community?
  • Can I have a sublet if necessary?
  • What is the roommate policy?


  • Is there an on-site office?
  • Is there an emergency number?
  • How fast is maintenance responded to?
  • What kind of changes can I make to the apartment?  (Painting, hanging wall paper, shelving, etc.)


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  1. Great post Maria! Thanks for the info.
  2. Parking is so often overlooked, be sure you know what parking is available to you. Thanks for the post!
  3. Cal Driver says:
    Thanks so much for this list! These are solid questions for anyone, no matter where you’re moving in. I would add that finding out who your neighbors are is a pretty important part of the apartment process. It’s incredibly frustrating to find out that you’re going to get noise complaints from oversensitive neighbors or that other neighbors will keep you up all night. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Silas Knight says:
    When looking for an apartment, there is a lot to keep in mind. We are looking for a new apartment right now, and are a little unsure where to look. However, you have some great tips and questions to ask. I had never thought to ask about type of security offered, but that is a good idea.
  5. under stairs storage ideas says:
    There is certainly a lot to learn about this topic.
    I like all the points you have made.
  6. Tom E. Campbell says:
    Hey Amber,


    Great post, i am currently searching for a new apartment. One thing i learned over the years of moving to different places is to always make sure to visit the apartment at different times for example at night or on weekdays/ weekends. Sometimes that can make or break your decision, it has done so for me a few times, unless of course you like to party and dont care about the noise. 🙂

  7. Okay this question may be lengthy. I am planning on moving in with my bf from another state. I am the one that has done the apartment hunting since he works odd hours, he has no credit and will have a co signer. I also have no credit and am wondering if I should just be a subtenant or ask to be added to the lease once I move in. This is our first apartment so I don’t really know what I’m doing. I am

    planning on calling about a place tomorrow but I would like to be the one to ask the questions about everything it seems you usually do this when you tour the place but I can’t be there so my main question is would it be weird if I explained this to the potential landlord and went ahead and asked them everything and just had my bf go and look at it and sign it since we are sure we want this place.

    • Hi Taylor, and thank you for your question. Let’s remove all of the concern and really focus on the big picture which is signing the lease. If your boyfriend can not make it to the first tour that is fine. However, you will need to keep in mind that the property manager (or leasing consultant) will ask prequalifying questions to gauge if you will be a good fit. You may be asked to fill out an application which will show all the detail they may need to qualify you. If he is going to have a co-signer and he is also out of state you will need to let the property manager know and all parties will have to coordinate the proper way to take care of the application. All of this is workable just keep your communication open and flowing.

  8. John Mahoney says:
    Thank you for talking about the importance of asking about parking when renting an apartment. I can see that remembering this can help you take care of your car and make sure you feel comfortable. I would want to rent a place that is convenient and provides the safety I need.

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