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    Signing Your First Lease

    August 31, 2018

    closeup of a hand preparing to sign the lease paperwork at West Village UC Davis apartments

    Whether you’re moving into Viridian apartments for the first time or apartment hunting somewhere else, just know that it’s very important to know certain things before signing your first lease. Otherwise you could end up signing your name on the dotted line without knowing crucial information. This could end up being a big mistake that will haunt you for the lifetime of your lease, so it’s best to learn ahead of time to avoid making poor choices.

    But we don’t want to completely scare you off from renting apartments either. Sure, it’s a big step in your life and it’s very exciting. It’s also the type of situation that you do not want to jump into with blinders on.

    So definitely begin looking for your dream apartment if you’re ready to make this first step. Just know that you have to be prepared before signing a contract of any type, and this includes signing a lease.

    That’s why we’re going to help you understand the most important things to know before signing your first apartment lease. If you keep this information in the back of your mind throughout this process, you’ll be able to avoid making foolish yet understandable mistakes.

    Narrowing down Your Search for the Perfect Apartment

    First things first. Two of the main factors that people look for one choosing an apartment is location and price. Obviously we all want a gorgeous apartment in the ideal neighborhood and pay practically nothing for the privilege, but that isn’t going to happen unless you happen to be the luckiest person alive. So we have to approach this realistically.

    Think about the various neighborhoods in question that you’re considering. And think about your personal situation at this time in your life. Are you recently married and looking to start a family? Are you already married with children? Or are you a young professional looking to have the time of your life?

    Depending how you answered the questions above, you’ll use that information to narrow down the perfect neighborhood. Choose one that meets your personal criteria – i.e. has an exciting nightlife – and at this point you begin determining your price range.

    In some cases, your ideal neighborhood is going to be too expensive for you to afford. That’s just the nature of life and the way things go from time to time. So find another neighborhood with similar characteristics that’s much more affordable. This way you’ll get to have your cake and eat it too and your life will be much better because of it.

    Understand the Terms of Your Lease

    When first signing a lease, you are going to be expected to live up to certain obligations. You must understand each and every one of the terms of your lease in order to fulfill your obligations to the landlord. Without this understanding, you could potentially assume one thing only to find out that it isn’t covered under the terms of your lease, and this could create a serious potential problem for you over the long run.

    If you’re struggling to read and understand everything on your lease, you can always bring it to a lawyer or leasing agent to ask for advice and help. They can look over your lease for you; explain any areas that don’t make sense, and ultimately help you better understand your commitment in this contract.

    Obviously, it’s best to get help learning about your lease before actually signing it. Otherwise you could end up signing your name to a document that you don’t understand and your expectations may end up shattered in a difficult situation that could potentially cost you money as well.

    As an example, you may believe that your landlord will fix everything that breaks in your apartment. But as you look closer at the lease, you find out that you are responsible for certain repairs because the landlord feels it’s your obligation because it’s your fault and the reason that the item broke in the first place.

    At the end of the day, it’s much better to know, understand, and agree with your lease before you ever even consider signing it. So read over it and go through it with a fine tooth comb. If you are stuck and do not understand parts of it, ask somebody who can help you decipher the areas in question. The more knowledge and better understanding you have of your lease, the better off you’ll be in the end.

    Are You Expected to Pay Additional Fees under the Terms of Your Lease?

    It’s better to fully understand the terms and financial obligations expected of you based on your lease. You may assume that the landlord has factored in the electricity bill – as an example – into your monthly rental payment. Guess what? This might not be true so you better find out before signing your name because you could end up paying an additional expense that you just can’t afford.

    It’s possible you may have to pay for other utilities separately. So you definitely need to take a moment to read over your lease and pay close attention to areas where you’ll have to pay additional fees each month. You may have to pay for your electricity bill, water bill, trash removal, or other potential areas that you’ve never considered as a first time renter.

    So keep this information in mind and make sure you focus on these areas prior to making a commitment in writing. You’ll feel much better knowing everything ahead of time before committing to rent an apartment for one year, two years, or more.

    There Are No Unexpected Lease Surprises When Living in Viridian Apartments in West Village

    West Village is perfect for UC Davis students planning to live off campus. “West Village offers more than a place to live, it is a UC Davis student lifestyle. West Village focuses on the needs of a UC Davis student. Events are catered to the UC Davis schedule and the requests of residents. West Village offers student amenities that help support their need to learn and live a healthy lifestyle.”