Steps involved in renting an apartment

With internet searches growing exponentially over the years and property websites listing more properties than before, house hunting is now easy. However, the problem arises when you come across too many apartments for rent Edmonton for your consideration which can make the task appear overwhelming.   Moreover, if you are a first-timer, you must be familiar with the process of renting as it requires executing a rental agreement that contains the detailed terms and conditions, which you should be able to understand well. To ensure comfortable living, you must ensure that the rental terms do not conflict with or hinder your lifestyle.

Start your search by setting a budget first, and then decide on the type of apartment and its size, location, amenities, and kind of lease. Moreover, it is essential to determine if you are comfortable with working directly with a property owner of a small building or a full-service apartment building complete with on-site maintenance will suit you better.

Now you can start searching for your apartment and set the ball rolling.

Browse through the websites

Among several property-listing websites that cater to all kinds of users, from home buyers to tenants, you can select some reliable websites like Craiglist.com, realtor.ca, zillow.com, prelist.com, etc., to start your search for a rented home. First, you can gather some basic information about the properties like the location, property type, size, rent, neighborhood, amenities, nearby facilities like markets, schools, hospitals, etc. Then, to make some preliminary decisions to create a shortlist. Then you can submit a rental application to contact the landlords for their consideration.

Submit a rental application

Before submitting a rental application, check with the landlord about income and credit requirements to ascertain your eligibility, and then submit the rental application and accompanying non-refundable fees (if applicable). Usually, your income should be 2.5 times the monthly rent. Suppose you have pets check if the landlord allows them on the property.  Provide all necessary proof of identity and income along with the application and a brief history of your prior rentals.

Factors that landlords consider

Your income, credit score, and some background check (depending on the local laws) are some factors that landlords usually consider for evaluating your application. They would also contact your previous landlord and references provided by you to judge your reliability. They would also check your criminal history.

Understand the rental agreement

The landlord would offer you a rental agreement that you must sign as a token of your acceptance so that you can take possession of the property. Carefully go through the terms and conditions that define the rights you would enjoy and the responsibilities and liabilities you have to shoulder.  Check the figures and dates mentioned in the agreement to confirm that you are comfortable with it completely. SO not sign the agreement unless you have understood it well.

Besides the rental amount, there can be some extra charges payable which you must note as part of the monthly payouts towards rent.  Knowing how to rent an apartment will make your task easy.