We recently discussed the top benefits of living in an apartment. Unfortunately, there are also many misconceptions out there regarding apartment living. In this post, we thought it would be helpful to bring some truth so these myths.
Keep reading to learn more.
Myth No. 1 – It’s not your responsibility if your roommate can’t afford rent
It’s usually an ugly situation when one tenant pays rent on time every month while the other does not. While it’s anything but fair, such a scenario could leave the responsible tenant in a financial dilemma. The last thing you want is to watch your credit plummet just because your roommate was unable to pay their share of the rent.
So how can you avoid being on the hook for potentially thousands of dollars over the course of your lease? We recommend speaking with your landlord before you and the other tenant sign the agreement in the first place. If you’re at all skeptical that your roommate won’t be able to afford the rent, it’s probably best to find someone else.
Myth No. 2 – Your landlord is required to pay for anything that breaks in your unit
This is why it’s so important to read through your agreement carefully. Even though apartment complexes usually cover major maintenance costs, there are still some responsibilities that fall on your plate. For example, scratched walls and floors may prevent you and your roommate from getting the security deposit back at the conclusion of the lease.
Myth No. 3 – Crime is more prevalent in and around apartment complexes
Believe it or not, apartments are actually safer than most residential areas. There’s no question that the combination of adequate lighting and vigilant neighbors makes a significant difference. Fun fact: Some studies show that a police presence is required about half as often in an apartment complex as opposed to other housing neighborhoods.
Myth No. 4 – Your landlord can enter your unit whenever they please
This is totally inaccurate. Any landlord, by law, must give their tenants a reasonable amount of notice before entering a unit. If you’re at all concerned that your landlord is abusing this right, don’t hesitate to review local regulations.
Myth No. 5 – You aren’t allowed to have pets in an apartment
This varies from one complex to the next. During an initial search, you mind only find a handful of nearby apartments that allow pets. Don’t make the mistake of just assuming that a particular complex will let you keep Fido in your unit.
Gateway Place is proud to offer some of the most pet-friendly apartments in Greeley and Northern Colorado. Not only do we allow tenants to have two approved pets in their unit, but we also have a private, extra large dog park on our property.
We hope this post cleared up some questions you had about apartment living. Stay tuned for our next one as we discuss what to look for in a one-bedroom apartment.