Than there is of course a quality of an apartment – the quality of rental housing is about the same as the owner-occupied units. The quality of public rental housing built in recent years is also similar to its owner-occupied counterpart. Some smaller and older units used to be available on monthly rental contracts, but monthly rental leases have become more popular in recent years for all types of housing with all quality categories. A popular measure of the rent burden is the percentage of income spent on rents.
Don’t trust the pretty pictures you see in an ad. Before you rent an apartment, you should arrange to see the place. Keep in mind that cosmetic issues, such as broken blinds or scratches on the wall, can be fixed – possibly by your landlord. But deeper problems may be an indication that the apartment hasn’t been properly taken care of. As you peruse the apartment, look for health and safety issues, such as bug problems, rodents, leaky faucets, water damage, lead paint, asbestos, dirty air filters, mold, broken heat and air conditioning systems, rust, broken windows, and electrical problems.
When we are talking about quality maybe it would be good for you to prepare some questions to a landlord at viewing before you agree to rent. We can help you possible questions can be following:
- Are there any signs of dampness?
- Do the windows open?
- What security is available (such as window locks, burglar alarm)?
- Is a smoke detector provided and is it functioning?
- Is there a fire alarm? Check fire evacuation procedures (especially in apartments)
- Who pays for the heating? What hours is it on, and who controls it?
- Is hot water available all or some of the time?
- Are the cooker and fridge clean and in working order?
- What sort of condition is the bathroom in?
- Do you have to share the bathroom, if so, with how many others?
- Is there storage for bicycles?
- Does the property have a parking space?
- Is there a bus route or other public transport nearby?
- Are there shops and other facilities nearby?
- Will I have an access to a washing machine or a clothes-dryer?
In addition, into quality we can as well as consider neigbour and neighbourhood. You have to carefully consider the potential neighbors. If meeting potential roommates, ask them about their experience with their neighbors. If the roommates start to complain about various neighbors, my suggestion is RUN. No one wants to deal with inconsiderate neighbors. No one wants to live next door to a hot spot of criminal activity. The local police or public library should have accurate crime statistics for neighborhoods. Check the rates for vandalism, and for serious and petty crimes, and don’t forget to note if criminal activity is on the rise or declining. You might also want to ask about the frequency of a police presence in your neighborhood. When we are talking about neigbourhood i tis also important to do „Tour the neighborhood“ and due to it – check out the parks, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, public transportation links, and all the other perks that attract renters.