Living in an apartment comes with a plethora of benefits but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few tricks to watch out for. For some of us experienced apartment renters, this may seem like common sense, but for anyone who is renting an apartment for the first time, these apartment renting myths may trick you up. Here are four pervasive myths about apartment living that you ought to avoid falling for.
1. If your roommate can’t pay rent, it’s not your responsibility.
There are many cases where if you can’t pay rent, both tenants are held responsible. This could result in you being left with the brunt of the bill and it may even damage your credit. This is something you always want to check with your landlord, but if you feel even remotely uncertain of whether or not your roommate will bring their fair share of rent to the table, you may want to find someone else.
2. Your landlord is required to pay for anything–no matter the size or original condition–that may break in your apartment.
This is another case where you should check your lease, as what is paid for is typically outlined within. That said, landlords aren’t responsible for anything you break yourself through negligence or ill-will, nor are they responsible for anything cosmetic that could happen over time, like a scratched up floor. Renting an apartment is great because you don’t have to worry about major maintenance costs, but that doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for anything.
3. Crime is more predominant in apartment complexes.
Typically, apartments are actually safer than other areas. This is because you’re surrounded by adequate lighting and neighbors who would respond if there was anything distressing happening. Some studies have actually found that police services are needed around half as often as they are in other kinds of housing areas.
4. Your landlord can enter your home whenever they please.
Any landlord must give tenants a reasonable amount of notice before going into your apartment. There are a lot of laws that protect residents, so if you feel as though your landlord is abusing their right to check up on you, you should look into what your local laws and regulations may be.
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At The Apartments of Wildewood, located in beautiful in St. Mary’s Maryland, we offer homes with access to pools, an on-site gym, and maintenance whenever you need it – and have access to all the information you need to affordably rent an apartment in St. Mary’s. To set up an appointment to check out an apartment or townhouse rental from The Apartments at Wildewood, call us at 301.737.0737 or visit the website!