First Time Tenant? Protect Yourself!

Living on campus is so incredibly convenient for most students. However, many students find that they outgrow dorm living and feel the need to expand their domestic horizons and find more adult living quarters. UT Austin apartments may be the perfect solution. By selecting apartments situated close to campus, students can enjoy many of the amenities that campus living has to offer while living on their own, enjoying the privacy of their own apartments.

Living off campus in an apartment that is not run by the university can be more complicated than dorm living. University campus living tends to be a great transition between home and living entirely on one’s own because it is structured to be exactly that. Students on campus are given a little more leeway by the university than tenants living in apartments. Apartment living off campus requires residents to behave like actual tenants. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It is simply something to keep in mind when you are searching for UT Austin apartments. Like any tenant, you need to make sure that you have your bases covered and that you protect yourself and behave like a responsible tenant. Here are some tips that will make your apartment living experience a pleasant one.

Before you sign your lease with your off campus apartment, be certain that you thoroughly inspect your apartment. Not only does this mean that you want to avoid living in a place that is poorly maintained, but it also means that you don’t want to be charged for damages that you are not responsible for. When inspecting your UT Austin apartment be very certain that you note all pre-existing damages or scuffs or potential issues BEFORE signing off. If you notice something is broken or missing, get it in writing. Be sure that you retain a copy of your records before giving your landlord your list. This will protect you should any problems arise.

You should ensure that all appliances in your apartment work. Be certain to check all gas or electrical outlets and make sure that they work as well. Most apartments won’t have infestation issues, but you should always check, just to be on the safe side. If you see signs of rodents or bugs, it is a sign that you should look elsewhere for an apartment. Be certain to check the locks on your doors and make sure they are functioning properly. Check with your landlord to ensure that the locks will be changed before you move in so that the pervious tenants won’t be able to come back and steal your stuff.


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