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The Basics for Understanding Common Leases for Chico Apartments

Posted by Jessica Miley

December 23, 2016

Lease for Chico apartmentsIt's an exciting moment when you get the call saying that your apartment application has been approved and you get to start the process of moving in. You'll go to the apartment complex and meet with the manager and then begin to go over the lease and other paper that's required for review and/or signature.

When you have the lease in front of you it might feel daunting. So much text, single spaced on several sheets of paper. Yes, you're required to go through the lease and sign away what feels like your life. But it's good to remember that the lease is not only there to protect the property management company or your landlord, it's there to protect you as the renter as well.

In other words, the lease is there to clearly communicate the expectations of all parties involved. To help this process go a bit easier before you go in to sign your lease, let’s go over the ins and outs for understanding common leases in Chico apartments. We want you to feel prepared!

The Basics

When you first start looking at your lease, you will find the basics that may include but aren’t limited to:
  • Unit number (also known and the dwelling space)
  • Monthly rent
  • Security deposit
  • Due dates and late fees
  • List of all occupants
  • Lease type (month-to-month, yearly, etc.)
  • Move-In date
  • Amount due at move-in

All The Rest

The rest of the lease will cover random other rules, procedures, disclosure or addendums that may include but aren’t limited to:
  • Maintenance agreements & procedures (who is in charge of what?)
  • Policy on renter’s insurance
  • Restrictions on altering unit
  • Rules on noise, pets, guests, parking, liquid furnishing (ie: water bed), destruction of premises, amenities, entry of staff, lead disclosures, keys, etc.

Tips for Renters

TIP #1-It might seem annoying and tedious but make sure that you read everything on your lease, even the fine print. The apartment manager should encourage you to take your time and they mean it!

TIP #2-If you don’t feel comfortable reading the lease in front of the manager or would like more time to process what you're reading, you can request that you take it home to review.

TIP #3-Ask questions and gain clarification if you don’t understand something. When you're done signing your lease, you should know everything that's expected of you and of your apartment complex.

TIP #4-Get everything in writing. If they say they're going to fix this or include that, make sure that you have it in writing so that they can be held accountable for the actions that they said they'd do.

Signing an apartment lease for Chico apartments doesn’t have to be scary when you have a basic understanding of what will be on the lease. If you want to know specifically about our application process at Living in Chico, then download our e-book below.  

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