Searching for an Apartment Where to begin… Approx 140 Apartments in Gainesville Conventional or Student(All Inclusive) Living alone or with friends/roommates Flat, Townhome, or Single Family Move in Date Price Range Neighborhood Include utilities or not Close to campus or away from the busy areas Method of search Online Listings (ApartmentsInGainesville.com) Mobile Apps Books you find in store fronts Types of Housing Conventional Renting the whole apartment 2 people per bedroom on lease Price doesn’t include utilities Splitting Utilities with Roommates Student Housing Pick out apartment Furnishing apartment yourself Not responsible for roommates share Reserving space a year in advance Availability 30-60 days before move 1 person per bedroom Price usually includes some utilities 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… Make wish list of must haves. Questions to ask: Washer/Dryer in apartment Are Guarantors required? Walk in Closets Do they accept pets? Specific Amenities Are there fees/pet rent? 24 hour fitness What utilities are covered? Tanning beds Roommate matching available? Volleyball/Basketball Is renters insurance required? Extra Storage Is parking assigned? Garden Tubs Shuttle service available? Credit Card payments accepted? Maintenance procedures? 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… 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. Read the lease in full before signing. Lease agreements are binding contracts and no verbal agreements are allowed. Understand rent due dates. Understand late notices are required by law in writing. What fees are charged if you are late? Can you transfer if there is an issue with your apartment? Is there a fee to transfer apartments? Home is Where the Fun Is… Make sure it feels like home. Does the community you choose provide the lifestyle you want? Build a relationship with the person you are leasing from… they will be the person you deal with on a regular basis. Choose roommates carefully or if using a roommate matching option, attempt to reach out to new roommates prior to moving in with them.