Presentation on theme: "Renting an Apartment. Advantages of Renting Instead of Buying a Place to Live Mobility Minimal Responsibilities Financial Freedom – spend less on housing."— Presentation transcript:
Locating Suitable Units Newspaper and internet – classified ads Ask friends Rental Agencies Look for signs posted
Conducting an Inspection Safety (lights) Security Fire Exit Neighbors – age & attitude Parking Cleanliness Painted Walls?
Conducting an Inspection Plumbing Appliances Door Locks – changed? Windows Drapes Storage Furnishings Privacy?
Evaluating Lease Terms Parking Included Laundry on premises Rent/due date Length of lease Security deposit Utilities Ending lease/subletting Repairs & maintenance Landlords right to enter Restrictions (pets,parties)
When a conflict arises… and it probably will! Rules for good discussion: Focus on the behavior- not your roommate. "Own" your feelings. Remember- no one can make you feel something- you choose to feel that way. Try and listen to your roommate's perspective. Let him/her speak without interruption. Make sure you understand what is being said. Never assume anything. Remember that this is not a win lose situation. The goal is to find some kind of compromise with which you can all live. Try to remain calm!