Apartment living provides many great benefits, including being financially cheaper than a mortgage, maintenance falls under the duties of the landlord and property managers, and accessibility to restaurants, shops, and more depending on your location.
However, there are some restrictions that come with apartment living. Today, we’re going to address some common questions that tenants have when it comes to apartment living and the things they can and can’t do.
First off, Airbnb does allow apartment renters to use their services to rent out their space. However, whether or not you are allowed to depends on whether or not your apartment owners will allow it. Currently, Bigos’s apartments do not allow tenants to rent out their apartments.
Once again, this is highly dependent on the property manager of your apartment complex. In some cases, painting is allowed, but only if you repaint the walls the original color. In other cases, you cannot paint the walls at all. We recommend that instead of painting the walls of your apartment, you should instead spend the money on decor to spruce up your living space.
This is a tricky situation. You never want to break the terms on a lease if you don’t have to, but sometimes there is no avoiding it, whether relocating for a job or having to move for personal reasons. That being said, you have to be very careful about doing so and make sure that you are honest with your landlord or property manager. If you break a lease without legal grounds, you may have to pay the rent for the remaining months on your lease, be subject to legal action, or receive a mark on your credit report. In some cases, you’ll be able to break your lease, but be prepared to help find a subletter or a new renter to take your place, as well as potentially paying the rent even if you aren’t living there. So, if you ever think you may need to break a lease, talk to your landlord immediately, and they can offer help and solutions.
The big mistake new tenants make is not to note any damage that has occurred right after they move in. Most property managers will allow you to list any damage you see in the first day or two of moving in so that when it’s time to move out, those issues aren’t attributed to you, or they can be fixed right away. As long as you take good care of your apartment and treat it like your own home, you should be able to get all of if not most of your deposit back. However, this means you should also clean before you move out and try and fix any temporary damage you may have caused (such as nail holes).
Whether you’re playing music, watching a movie, or have guests over, you should always be respectful of neighbors. Keep noises at a reasonable level at all times, especially during the morning and evening hours.
For the most part, ‘no pets’ means no pets. Usually, the only exception is if someone is staying at your apartment who needs a service animal. If this is the case, make sure you let management know ahead of time. If there is another reason for you needing to keep a pet overnight, reach out to your landlord or property manager and let them know your situation.
We have a wide range of apartment complexes that have the benefits and amenities to fit your lifestyle. Check them out and start searching for the perfect spot for you. Whether you are looking for something in the West or South Metro, Uptown, St. Paul, or Northbound, we have something for everyone.
Also, make sure to check back on our blog often for more apartment advice and information on living in the Twin Cities.