There are a few things you should do while you are apartment hunting in Beaufort, SC and once you are ready to sign a lease.
Get things in writing
Verbal agreements are hard to enforce. Get any terms in writing including things like rent amount, payment method, responsibility for utilities. If the landlord is providing appliances or promising any improvements or fixes, make sure that is in writing as well.
Read any lease before signing. Keep a copy for your records.
Simple online research can reveal red flags about a landlord or home you want to rent.
- Search municipal court websites in the city where the rental is located for health or housing code violations
- Search county court websites for foreclosure cases, lawsuits or judgments against the owners.
- County property records can help verify who owns the home and whether the taxes are paid.
- Look at reviews and testimonials of other renters in the apartment complex.
- Apartment communities often have better reputations than single family rental homes because they are run by management companies that know what they are doing.
After renting an apartment:
- Take photos of each room to document the conditions.
- Document what needs to be repaired. Keep a log with the date and details of the request and any response or keep emails or text messages.
- Keep proof of rent payments. It's best to pay by check or money order. If paying cash, get a dated and signed receipt with the amount.
What if something needs to be fixed
Landlords are required to maintain habitable rental units that comply with housing, building, health and safety standards.
For more information on reputable apartments in Beaufort, SC with a responsive management company, contact Ashton Pointe.