This checklist can be used when you are visiting potential rentals. The sections below can be used to prompt questions for your landlord or as you are viewing the property. You may want to identify the areas that are most important to you before you make a visit.
What type of environment do you want?
|Budget:||Rent, utilities, food, personal items, spending, clothes, emergency fund, savings, phone and cell phone, cable, computer connections, trash, newspaper, insurance, car and gas or transportation, credit cards, up front first and last months rent and security deposit.|
|Location:||Size, convenience to campus (*the closer, the more you will pay*), on site services (pool, club house, work out room, spa,) laundry facilities (in unit… or community?), parking fees or arrangements, demographics (families and children), pets?, neighborhood (HOA), security, crime, mail services, shopping, banking, fire and police department, hospitals.|
|Management:||Owner involvement, on site, after hours emergency response in place (no TMA system … no 24 hour front desk), make sure you talk with them, ask existing tenants what they think, what do you do if you have a “problem” with management?|
|Lease:||MUST BE IN WRITING, lists all parties involved, time of tenancy (the shorter, the more expensive), monthly rent, penalties for late payment, security deposits and other deposits (i.e. “pet rent”), utilities, rights and responsibilities, terminating the lease information. *Deposits should be returned within 60 days.|
|Roommates:||How many … Who … How to find … (the more, the cheaper but this can lead to other problems). In the State of Arizona, there can only be two people per bedroom in a rental dwelling.|
|House Rules:||Property sharing (food, clothes, equipment, computer, car), chores (cleaning, cooking, shopping, paying bills, trash, potential pet care) Study time vs. Rec time, friends and guests (overnight stays) parties.|
|How to Secure an Apartment:||Need to set up utilities, service arrangements (water delivery, phone/computer activation). Record (VIDEO) the condition of the apartment at the time of move in and check out.|
|City Codes and Ordinances:||Being a good neighbor, rights and responsibilities, city stance on university students moving in.|
|Highlights:||Know your rights and responsibilities, ONLY SIGN DOCUMENTS YOU UNDERSTAND, keep a copy of all documents, rent receipts, complaints and requests for service from management, purchase renters insurance (piggy back off of car insurance), be cooperative with neighbors and police, seek out resources and make sure you use them.|
|Helpful Hints:||Check book, minimize credit cards, save money, and use coupons.|
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