If you are just moving to a new city, there is no better way to learn about the neighborhoods than to spend some time walking around — so get out there and explore.
Also consider printing out a copy of your credit report — some landlords will insist on running their own check, but simply having it to show can be reassuring and put your application ahead of others in a competitive market.
- Are window treatments included?
- Which (if any) utilities are included?
- Is there a fee to use building amenities or for parking?
- Are there cable hook-ups where you want them, or will you need to have a new line put in?
Even today there are plenty of landlords who rely on a simple sign posted in the window, a scrap of paper tacked up in the local café or word of mouth to rent their units. So keep your eyes and ears open wherever you go.
While it's not likely any landlord would lower the rent, you could try negotiating for a longer lease to lock in your current rent, ask for improvements to be made (and paid for) before moving in or get permission to paint and make improvements on your own.
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