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Apartment Maintenance

  • Can I repaint the walls or change the curtains?

    Generally, no, but there are rare exceptions.  Usually building managers paint all the units in the same white or off-white color to make it easier when they have to repaint between tenants.  But some high-end units will offer a custom package for color changes – at an extra cost.  You may be required to change them back to plain white at move-out.  Same thing for curtains – they do frown on you changing them.  If you do make a change, you’ll need to put the existing ones in storage and replace them when you move out.

  • What if something breaks in my apartment?
    Most apartments have a full-time maintenance staff to handle day-to-day maintenance and repair on the units.  Typically requests are coordinated through the office based on the urgency of the request.

Cash Back - Rent Rebate

  • How to claim the rent rebate?

    How to claim the Rent Rebate?

    Claiming your Cash Back Rent Rebate is simple and fast. It is a 3 step process:1. Find - Find an apartment, town home or condo on Apartments Rent Rebate using the Apartment Database. View photos, floor plans, maps and prices.2. Tell - List Apartments Rent Rebate as your referral source on gust card and application.3. Claim - Let us know you leased an apartment and Claim your Cash back by filling out the Rebate Claim Form

Documents Required for Renting

  • Do I need renters insurance?
    Short answer is YES!  Renters insurance is relatively inexpensive - $15-$20 per month for most units.  It comes in two types – liability coverage and contents coverage.  You want both.  That way, it not only protects your belongings from damage or theft, but it also protects you against any liability for damage to the apartment.  Let’s say you forget and leave the bathtub running.  It leaks all over your bathroom and drips down into the apartment below you.  You would not only be out-of-pocket for the damage to your own unit and your own belongings, but you would have to pay to repair the damage and belongings of the other tenant as well.  That could eat up three years’ worth of premiums in one incident.  You may still have to pay a deductible on the damage, but it will be far less than the entire cost of the repair.  Many units are starting to require renters to carry insurance, but even if yours does not, it is always a smart idea.

Fair Housing Rules

  • Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines
    A  document that presents guidelines adopted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development  (HUD) to provide builders and developers with technical guidance on how to comply with the specific accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. The guidelines in this document are intended to provide technical guidance only, and are not mandatory. The guidelines will be codified in the 1991 edition of the Code of Federal Regulations as Appendix II to the Fair Housing regulations (24 CFR Ch. I, Subch. A, App. II).Read more about Fair Housing Here
  • Fair Housing Rules

    Fair Housing Rules

    Housing Is Covered?The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

    What Is Prohibited?

    In the Sale and Rental of Apartments / Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:
    • Refuse to rent or sell housing
    • Refuse to negotiate for housing
    • Make housing unavailable
    • Deny a dwelling
    • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
    • Provide different housing services or facilities
    • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
    • For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
    • Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.
    Read more about Fair Housing Here

Furnished Apartments

  • Washer and Dryer

    Washer and Dryer in apartments

    You can find apartments with already furnished Washer and Dryer in Dallas with Apartments Rent Rebate search filter but bid you know that you can rent a washer and dryer? No we are not talking about rent to own or anything like that. You can actually rent a washer and dryer, with no obligation and no interest to pay, and return it whenever you want.So if you don't have the money to purchase a washer and dryer set or you just don`t want to buy because you are in a temporary situation you can and should rent it. Also you don`t  have to worry about repairs when you rent a washer and dryer. it is the rental companies responsibility to fix and/or replace the Washer and Dryer in case it brakes.When searching on the apartment database or when requesting information about apartments don`t limit the search to ONLY furnished or in unit Washer and Dryer, instead say or choose furnished or available attachments. Almost all new apartments come with washer and dryer connections or already in unit. Either the apartment community's leasing staff or your Apartments Rent Rebate Apartment Locator will give you the phone number of one of the many companies who LEASE  washers and dryers. How much does it cost to rent a Washer and Dryer?  You pay a small monthly fee, usually around $25 to $30 per  month for the pair.
    IMPORTANT: Taking advantage of Washer and Dryer Rental Service, you will be expand the range of Rental Apartments you can consider!
      

Income Requirements

  • Does Scholarship Count Towards Income Verification
    Scholarship does not count towards income requirements  and does not accumulate with other incomes.

Lease Terms

  • How flexible is my move-in date? Can I move in a day or two early or late?
    Probably not, unless you have an unusually accommodating landlord.  Usually, these dates are written right into the lease agreement that there usually is not a lot of wiggle room.
  • How long is a typical lease?
    Usually a lease runs for a year, but some landlords choose to go with a longer or shorter term.  There is almost always a way to get out of a lease, but it often involves significant financial penalties.  It is very smart to find out up front exactly what your exit strategy will be, should you need to break your lease.  Life can change on a dime, so it’s a good idea to be prepared.

Move Out Polices

  • They are requiring a very large security deposit up front. What are my chances of getting it back when I move out?
    Typically the law requires your landlord to return your security deposit within 30 days.  HOWEVER – they are permitted to assess damages for anything over and above the normal wear and tear.  Many landlords take advantage of this to charge exorbitant fees for every smudged light switch or tiny carpet stain.  To protect yourself, it’s smart to clean like crazy and repair or replace anything in the apartment that is broken or appears to be in less than perfect condition.  Then insist on a personal walk-thru with the unit manager on your move-out day.  At that time, they will have to point out anything in the unit that is not up to standard and you’ll have a chance to dispute it.  If they refuse to perform a walk-thru with you, then do your own walk-thru with a video camera and a still camera and do your best to document the condition of everything in the apartment.  Then if they claim it is broken or missing, you have the proof to dispute it.
  • Can I sublet my apartment?
    Very rarely.  Some landlords may let you get out of a lease if you provide a new tenant to take over the remainder, providing the new tenant makes a new application and passes all the required credit checks, etc.  But there may be a fee and you may still be responsible for the rent if the new tenant doesn’t work out.
  • I am renting with a roommate/boyfriend/girlfriend. If it doesn’t work out, who is responsible?

    That is a great question.  It depends on how your lease is written, but typically each person is jointly responsible for the apartment until the end of the least term.  So, if one party fails to pay rent or if one party moves out, the remaining party can be held responsible for the full amount of the rent.

    So, you need to take this step seriously and choose your roommates carefully.  You might negotiate a plan up front as to how you will handle the situation in case of a breakup.

  • How much notice do I have to give to move out?
    Every apartment has their own policy, but most have a standard 60 calendar day notice.  Notice must always be given in writing and sometimes it is required to be sent by certified mail to avoid any disputes.

Moving In

  • How much Is the administrative fee?
    As with the application fees, Administrative fees can vary from $0 if included in any move in special to $50 but there is no set role.
  • Are there any administrative fees?
    Administrative fees, also called admin fees are not fees that can easily be explained, per apartment managers answers, these fees cover the paperwork, process and time required to admit a new resident into the community. Admin fees are required almost always. As with the application fees, an apartment complex may waive the admin fee as part of a move in special.
  • How much are the application fees?
    Application fees can vary from $0 if included in any move in special to $50 but there is no set role.
  • Are there any applications fees?
    Most apartment communities will require you to pay an application fee, that`s because the management company sustains an expense when processing your application. They pay to get your rental and credit history as well as your criminal background. That’s why they pass on this fee to the renter. Some communities in some periods may waive the application fee as part of a move in special. So make sure to ask.
  • When is the security deposit due?
    Security deposit is due in the beginning of your lease period. In most cases you will be required to pay your deposit before you move in.
  • How much is usually the security deposit?
    Security deposit is not a set amount. They vary form one property to another and from one can vary for different floor-plans. For example a security deposited for a 1 bedroom apartment can and most likely be different from the 2 bedroom one.  Other reasons that may influence the amount of security deposit you will be required to pay are your credit score, your payment and rental history as well as any past problems you may have had with the above

Pets in Apartments

  • Is there pet rent and if so how much is it?
    Some properties get really creative and require renters to pay a pet rent. The rent amount is set by the property and can vary from $50 to several hundred dollars.
  • Are pet fees or deposits refundable and in what part?
    In most cases you can expect no refund or a partial refund. The reason for this is that the apartment complex will clean the carpets and do other maintenance jobs needed to get rid of the pet odors.
  • How much pet fee or deposit?
    Pet deposit can vary from $50 to $500 depending on pet size, apartment size and other factors that are known only to the property management. In any case this fee/deposit is rarely waived…
  • Are there a pet fee or deposit?
    All pet friendly communities will require a renter moving in with a pet to pay a pet deposit. This deposit is in place to cover eventual stains or other types of damage caused by a pet to the property.
  • Pets in Apartments
    If you are moving to an apartment and intend to Bering a pet animal with you there are a some roles and restrictions you should know about. An apartment that allows pets is considered a Pet Friendly apartment but not all apartments are pet friendly. Luckily in the DFW area and in general in Texas most apartments are pet friendly. However you should know all the pet policies of the apartment you are interested in or you can ask your apartment locator to help you find an apartment that will allow pets and will allow your pet.These roles and restrictions pertain to:
    • No pets
    • Type of pets you can have in an apartment
    • Number of pets you can have in an apartment
    • Breed of doges you can bring to an apartment
    • Aquarium sizes and Location

    Type of Pets You Can Have in an Apartment

     

    Fish - Fish are simple, and you typically don't have to pay a pet deposit, unless maybe you want to start a really big fish tank and the complex is worried about a leak. You just want to ask the apartment manager first. Many apartments restrict the size of the aquarium allowed by the number of gallons, and will in most cases require you to live on the lower floor.

     

    Reptiles and Amphibians - You can opt for a number of different reptiles and amphibians from small to large. Either way, most apartments will allow reptiles. you should stay a way from exotic animals as they are protected by low. Check with your apartment manager

     

    Birds - You want to make sure that you get a smaller bird that doesn't make a lot of noise, meaning a huge parrot or macaw probably isn't the best bird to have in an apartment. The walls in apartments are thin, and you don't want complaints from a loud squawking bird.

     

    Small, Exotic Animals - Can be a little bit more to take care of when compared to fish or reptiles, but small animals can be a great apartment pet.

     

    Cats - Cats are a great apartment pet. They don't require a lot of extra care in terms of training.

     

    Dogs - Dogs are a great apartment pet. More to be said about sizes and breeds of dogs that will do well in an apartment

     

    NO farm animal allowed in rental apartments

    Breed and Size Restrictions for Dogs

    Each apartment community will have a pet policy but a common denominator is: NO dogs over 25%, no restricted breeds ( pit bulls, german shepherd rottweilers, bulldogs)Ask your Apartments Rent Rebate Apartment locator to send you a list of apartments that match your specific situation and the type of pet you have.  

Second Chance

  • Will I pay a Higher deposit?
    In most cases, a second chance lease will require an increased deposit. This is done to mitigate the risk that the property management is incurring when renting to someone that had problems in the past.

Utilities

  • Are utilities, cable, water, and sewer included in my rent?
    Most of these are usually included in the base rent, although some utilities like electricity may be paid separately off of a meter to encourage users to reduce their usage.  But you always want to make sure everything is clarified in writing in your lease agreement.  That’s why it’s really critical to read every page of your paperwork very carefully before you sign it.

Washer and Dryer

  • Washer and Dryer

    Washer and Dryer in apartments

    You can find apartments with already furnished Washer and Dryer in Dallas with Apartments Rent Rebate search filter but bid you know that you can rent a washer and dryer? No we are not talking about rent to own or anything like that. You can actually rent a washer and dryer, with no obligation and no interest to pay, and return it whenever you want.So if you don't have the money to purchase a washer and dryer set or you just don`t want to buy because you are in a temporary situation you can and should rent it. Also you don`t  have to worry about repairs when you rent a washer and dryer. it is the rental companies responsibility to fix and/or replace the Washer and Dryer in case it brakes.When searching on the apartment database or when requesting information about apartments don`t limit the search to ONLY furnished or in unit Washer and Dryer, instead say or choose furnished or available attachments. Almost all new apartments come with washer and dryer connections or already in unit. Either the apartment community's leasing staff or your Apartments Rent Rebate Apartment Locator will give you the phone number of one of the many companies who LEASE  washers and dryers. How much does it cost to rent a Washer and Dryer?  You pay a small monthly fee, usually around $25 to $30 per  month for the pair.
    IMPORTANT: Taking advantage of Washer and Dryer Rental Service, you will be expand the range of Rental Apartments you can consider!