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     Thinking about moving? Apartment hunting can be a daunting task, but it can also be fun and exciting experience. Before you decide to move, it is important to do your homework.

            Therefore, you start searching at least one month before your planned move-in date. Don’t forget to notify your current landlords at least 30 days in advance to avoid potential legal problems. Here are a few factors that you need to consider for your apartment hunting.

Set your budget: You need to know what you can afford. If you plan to move to expensive housing market like New York City, you will need to spend more money for the same room in Utah. If money is a problem, consider other alternatives:

  • Sharing an apartment with a friend. However, if you don’t know anyone in the new area, check out OCHA Housing Registry to find a roommate. They provide great services for apartment searching.
  • Find a smaller room. If your budget is not so big, you may need to consider smaller apartment or lower your expectation. If you can accept a room with some flaws like street noise or lack of natural light, you probably can find something that you can afford.

 

Understand Your Leasing Contract: This is very important. Make sure that you read and thoroughly understand your leasing contract. Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t bother to read their lease. It is no surprise that they end up with problems. Think about factors that are important for you and have it in writing. For example, if you have pets, you need to make sure that the pets would be allowed. A lease should also mentions when your rent is due. It should also mentions potential problems that may arise. What would happen if you can’t pay your rent on time, because of an emergency? If you want to leave the apartment, would you be fined? 

 

            If your landlord does not offer a lease, make sure that you have one. OCHA has samples of different leases. Without a lease, you landlord can kick you out of your apartment on a short notice.

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    Thinking about moving? Apartment hunting can be a daunting task, but it can also be fun and exciting experience. Before you decide to move, it is important to do your homework. Therefore, you start searching at least one month before your planned move-in date. Don’t forget to notify your current landlords at least 30 days in advance to avoid potential legal problems. Here are a few factors that you need to consider for your apartment hunting. More...


 
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