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Important Questions To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Lafayette

April 20, 2022
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You’ve found the ideal apartment in Lafayette, and all you have to do is sign the lease! But slow down. Before picking up the pen, be sure you have an understanding about what you’re responsibilities are. After all, you’ll love living in your apartment more if you know what to expect. So before signing that lease, come prepared with these questions to ask when leasing an apartment in Lafayette.

What Are My Choices For Paying Rent And Are There Fees For Paying Late?

Gray and blue bedroom at Highpointe Apartments. 

Good Lafayette apartment communities give you several payment methods so rent payments are as simple as possible, including electronic and auto-pay options. Ask your new community what methods they offer and how your preferred option works. You can also inquire about if you’ll be charged any convenience fees for electronic payments.

You also need to know your community’s tardy payment policy. Many leasing offices have a ”grace period” and then a late fee which increases until you pay. Ask when rent is due and what to do if you have a hardship that will interfere with paying your rent when due.

What Is The Guest Policy For Your Apartment And Amenities?

 Red and beige recreation room at Hamilton Luxury Apartments.

If you like to host loved ones for weeks at a time, you’ll need to check your community’s guest policy. Most leases don’t allow guests to stay with you beyond 3 days without permission from the property manager for extended visits. Then there are guest policies for using community amenities like the swimming pool or fitness center. If you want to invite your training buddy to try the treadmills, find out if guests are allowed first. Or, if your child wants a pool party, inquire about how many guests are allowed and their policies and procedures.

What Is Their Pet Policy?

Boy and girl playing with a golden retriever puppy on a rug in a living room 

Speaking of friends, want to know about your furry ones? If your apartment allows pets, be sure Fido follows their rules. Some communities have dog restrictions. You should also ask about pet fees and rules for walking and cleaning up poop. The most pet-friendly Lafayette apartments have things like bags and trash receptacles for cleaning up after them and dog runs or parks for [[exercising dogs|socialization|exercize].

Are There Any Parking Policies To Know About?

xterior of Riverview apartments during the daytime. 

Many apartment properties have parking policies to keep things fair for all Residents. They may limit how many vehicles you can keep on the property, issue Resident parking permits, assign parking spaces, and enforce designated guest parking. Some Lafayette apartment communities offer shelterd parking for a price. Review your parking options and the parking policies before moving in with an extra car or having visitors over.

How Do I Make Maintenance Requests, And How Will They Enter My Unit?

All apartments need repairs occasionally. Prior to moving in, ask how maintenance requests work there. Ask how to submit a request, when you should expect a response, and if there is a 24/7 emergency number.

You should also ask how the maintenance staff will get into your apartment. Ask if they will tell you before entering and if they will leave a sign indicating that they were there when they leave. Although you don’t own your apartment, you should still have efficient communication with your maintenance team about submitted and completed service requests.


Bring The Questions You Want To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Lafayette To Precedent Flats

If you aren’t finding the answers you want at other apartments, come check out Precedent Flats. We go above and beyond to provide a unique and enjoyable living experience for each of our valued Residents in Lafayette. Let us help you find an apartment you’ll love. Call us at 765-771-7085 or schedule a tour to learn more.