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What is an Apartment Security Deposit?

What is an Apartment Security Deposit?

What and How Much is a Security Deposit? A security deposit is a fixed amount of money that you pay upfront (upon lease signing) and it is typically refundable, subject to returning the apartment in the condition you received less normal wear and tear. Typically, this...

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Gas or Electric for Apartments

Gas or Electric for Apartments

There is no definitive answer in terms of whether gas or electric is better, however if given the option, many people prefer to have gas in the apartment, as it is often cheaper to heat, provides a better cooking experience with a gas range, as well as generally...

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Top Philadelphia Apartment Hunting Tips

Top Philadelphia Apartment Hunting Tips

Every city has its nuances when looking for an apartment. For example, in New York City, StreetEasy.com is a major listing platform but not in Philadelphia. In New York city, co-ops are common for rent, but not in Philadelphia. If you are looking for an apartment in...

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How Should I Prepare For Apartment Viewing?

How Should I Prepare For Apartment Viewing?

To prepare for an apartment viewing, be sure to prepare a checklist that contains all your 'must-have- features, prepare a list of questions, bring your paperwork and ID, confirm parking, confirm where you will meet the leasing agent, and budget in some time to tour...

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13 Cautions Before Renting a Home

13 Cautions Before Renting a Home

So you are looking to rent a home for perhaps more space or more privacy. Whatever the reason, that's great, but before proceeding, ask these questions to avoid common pitfalls. Renting a home from an individual is not the same as renting from a professional...

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Your Roommate Wants To Break Your Lease

Your Roommate Wants To Break Your Lease

If you rent an apartment with a roommate, you are both likely to be on the lease. But if your roommate wants to break the lease, what can you do? STEP 1: CHECK YOUR LEASE.  A lease between a landlord/property manager and multiple residents typically holds each...

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Which Apartment Floor To Live On?

Which Apartment Floor To Live On?

So you’re at the point where you have narrowed down which apartment complex you want to live in, but are trying to figure out which apartment floor to live on? There are pros and cons to each. Ground or 1st Floor Apartments Pros No elevator or staircases to deal with...

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Apartment Parking: How Much is Enough?

Apartment Parking: How Much is Enough?

Many renters consider 'parking' in their apartment search, but few consider parking ratios and the amount of parking that is available. So just how much parking is enough at an apartment building? Every apartment complex is different based on size, location and...

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