Secrets to Housing Workshop Presentation

Report
Searching for an
Apartment
Where to begin…
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Approx 140 Apartments in Gainesville
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Conventional or Student(All Inclusive)
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Living alone or with friends/roommates
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Flat, Townhome, or Single Family
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Move in Date
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Price Range
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Neighborhood
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Include utilities or not
Close to campus or away from the busy areas
Method of search
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Online Listings (ApartmentsInGainesville.com)
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Mobile Apps
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Books you find in store fronts
Types of Housing
Conventional
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Renting the whole apartment
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2 people per bedroom on lease
Price doesn’t include utilities
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Splitting Utilities with Roommates
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Student Housing
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Pick out apartment
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Furnishing apartment yourself
Not responsible for roommates share
Reserving space a year in advance
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Availability 30-60 days before move
1 person per bedroom
Price usually includes some utilities
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Electric, Water, Cable, and Internet
Responsibility if roommate doesn’t pay their share
Renting by the bedroom
Usually unable to pick apartment
Furniture packages available, if not included
What you should know…
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Make wish list of must haves.
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Questions to ask:
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Washer/Dryer in apartment
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Are Guarantors required?
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Walk in Closets
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Do they accept pets?
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Specific Amenities
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Are there fees/pet rent?
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24 hour fitness
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What utilities are covered?
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Tanning beds
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Roommate matching available?
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Volleyball/Basketball
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Is renters insurance required?
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Extra Storage
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Is parking assigned?
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Garden Tubs
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Shuttle service available?
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Credit Card payments accepted?
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Maintenance procedures?
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Hanging items/painting walls
Found your
perfect new
home? What do
you need?
Conventional Housing :
Photo ID
Application
Student Housing:
Photo ID
Application
Guarantor Application
Lease Agreement
Application Fee: $25 - $50 per person
Move in Fees: $99 - $350 per apartment
Security Deposit: $50 – Two Months Rent
Pet Fees/Pet Deposits: $100 - $350
Monthly Pet Rent: $10 - $25
ASK ABOUT SPECIALS! Usually if you are willing to
sign within 24 hours, apartments will offer you a
discount or waive fees.
How to protect yourself…
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Apartment communities must follow Fair Housing Laws. They cannot do
something special for you even if you are friends with someone in the office.
You cannot expect special treatment.
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Read the lease in full before signing.
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Lease agreements are binding contracts and no verbal agreements are
allowed.
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Understand rent due dates.
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Understand late notices are required by law in writing.
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What fees are charged if you are late?
Can you transfer if there is an issue with your apartment?
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Is there a fee to transfer apartments?
Home is Where the Fun Is…
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Make sure it feels like home. Does the community you choose provide the
lifestyle you want?
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Build a relationship with the person you are leasing from… they will be the
person you deal with on a regular basis.
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Choose roommates carefully or if using a roommate matching option,
attempt to reach out to new roommates prior to moving in with them.

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