Local San Marcos Apartment Rental Info
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offers tips and tricks for finding the right San Marcos apartment.
We assist individuals and corporations looking for rentals in San
Marcos, Texas including condos, furnished apartments, and town
Anyone who has ever
rented a living space knows that there are many expected and
unexpected complications that arise from renting. From getting your
landlord to come fix your plumbing, to noisy neighbors, to lease
arrangements, they come in all shapes and sizes. That's why we have
created our 'Renters Tips' section and continually add more tips to
help San Marcos renters get through the day-to-day grind.
You may have already figured this
out: Landlords tend not to be very appreciative of pets. If you have
a cat or a dog, your search will be considerably more difficult, but
not impossible. As a general rule, the tighter the rental market
gets, the more selective landlords will become, showing a preference
for tenants who don't have pets, particularly dogs.
rental tips for pet owners
Get some references for your
pet. Former landlords or apartment building managers are best. Even your
vet may put in a good word. The point is to make it clear that
you don't have a problem pet.
Much of the resistance to dogs
is a fear they will bark too much (especially when the tenant
isn't home), disturbing other tenants. If your dog is not of the
barking variety, be sure to emphasize that when applying for a
Some cat-friendly managers may
consider small dogs.
Cats have a better chance of
being accepted if they are declawed, neutered and guaranteed to
Houses are more likely to accept
your pet, as they often have yards, so you might want to
concentrate on that route.
8 Tips for Renting the
Right San Marcos Apartment
Whether you're a first-time renter or an seasoned apartment dweller,
it's worth taking the time to decide what's most important to you in
where you live and to plan your search strategy accordingly. With
that in mind, here are eight tips to consider:
1. Make a list of your top
Do you need extra parking spaces? A place that welcomes pets? A
large kitchen or linen closet? A ground-floor entrance to your home?
Thinking through your needs ahead of time can help you find a San
Marcos apartment that meets those needs, instead of one that just strikes
your fancy at first glance.
2. Check out the property:
In addition to examining the condition of the for-rent unit, walk
through the property to see whether it appears to be
well-maintained. Is the landscaping healthy or dying? Nicely trimmed
or growing wild? Are any windows, steps or railings broken or
dangerous? Do the access doors open easily and shut tightly? Walk
through at night, too. Are the parking areas and pathways well lit?
What about the stairwells and hallways?
3. Talk to the neighbors:
If you're serious about a particular apartment, knock on a few doors
and ask your potential neighbors whether they're satisfied with the
building's amenities, management's responsiveness to repair needs
and other issues of concern to you.
Ask: Would you tell a friend to
move into this building?
4. Examine the lease:
A lease is a legal obligation to pay rent for a specified length of
time, and every lease has variations on the terms and conditions of
tenancy. How much notice must you give before moving at the end of
the lease term? Can the rent be increased? Are pets allowed? What
provisions cover your security deposit and end-of-lease cleaning
costs? If the terms of the lease agreement don't suit your needs,
negotiate or reconsider renting the San Marcos apartment.
5. Consider security:
Does the building have controlled access? If so, are the exterior
security gates and doors closed? Are the locks in working order?
Does your individual unit have secure door locks and window latches?
(Some states have specific laws regarding minimum security devices
for apartment units.) Does the building have a security service? If
so, is a guard on duty 24 hours or does he or she just drive by
6. Ask about amenities:
Does this building in San Marcos have a swimming pool? A recreation or fitness
room? Tennis courts? Laundry facilities? Who is allowed to use those
facilities and during what hours? Is there an extra fee charged for
use of the facilities? Where are the facilities located in relation
to your prospective apartment?
Do you really want to live poolside
or near the laundry room?
7. Ask about utility costs:
Is the water bill paid by the owner or separately by the tenants in
the apartment complex?
Are electrical or gas utilities included in the rent? Is there a
single thermostat for the entire building? If so, who controls it?
8. Take notes:
Before you move in, document the condition of your unit and make
note of any nonfunctioning doors or windows, leaking plumbing,
missing fixtures, stained carpets and so on. Ask your landlord to
initial a copy of your documentation to prevent disputes when you
eventually move out. Better yet, take pictures or make a video of
the premises before you bring in any of your furniture or
San Marcos Apartment Safety
Before committing yourself to a
particular apartment, try to ensure that:
1. All locks on the San Marcos apartment doors
offer good security, and the cores of the locks will be changed when
you move in.
2. The doors of the apartment have
3. The hallways are well lit, and
no bulbs are missing or burned out.
4. There are mirrors at bends in
the corridors to prevent someone from waiting unseen.
5. The intercom buzzer system for
the front door works properly.
6. Mailboxes show no evidence of
7. All exterior doors and locks are
in good working order.
8. All windows accessible from
ground level are protected by bars. (Make sure that the bars or
grating can be opened from the inside in the event of a fire, and
that you will be given a key, if one is required.)
9. All fire escapes are alarmed or
enclosed to prevent unauthorized access to the apartment complex.
10. Trees and bushes near the
building are not overgrown, and bushes are kept below window height.
11. Garage doors are kept locked,
and are controlled by either a key or magnetic card.
Once you've chosen an apartment
in San Marcos, and have moved in:
1. Never leave your apartment door
unlocked, even while taking out the trash. You may find someone
waiting inside when you get back!
2. If required to give the
superintendent a key to your apartment for emergency use, seal it in
an envelope and sign your name across the flap with your signature
overlapping onto the body of the envelope. This will deter against
tampering. Periodically ask to see the envelope.
3. Make an effort to meet your
neighbors. Learn to look out for each other's interests. Know who
4. Don't get on an elevator with a
stranger. In an elevator, stand beside the control panel to have
direct access to the alarm button.
5. Never isolate yourself in a
basement laundry room. If possible, arrange to do laundry with a
6. Never open your door to a
stranger. Utility company employees can slip their IDs under the
door. If in doubt, look up the company telephone number yourself
(don't rely on a number they give you), and call to verify the
7. Do not prop outside doors open
for any reason. If you find one propped open, close and secure it.
8. Use only your first initial on
your doorbell and mailbox, and in the phone book.
9. Immediately report any building
security problems to the superintendent. Follow up to be sure the
problem is corrected.
10. When your San Marcos apartment is
unoccupied for a long period of time, leave a radio or television
playing to give the impression that somebody is home.
Leases in San
Make certain your lease contains
the details you and the landlord have agreed
The specific address of the
apartment in San Marcos that you've selected
The length of the lease
Whether or not there is a sublet
clause which will allow you to rent your apartment to another
person if you will not be living there during your co-op period
The amount of the rent:
1) when it is to be paid
2) where it is to be paid
3) what the penalties are if you pay it
4) whether the landlord can increase it
during the period of the lease
The utilities you are to pay in
addition to the rent of your apartment in San Marcos
i.e. electricity, heat, water, and sewage.
How you can terminate your lease
or renew it.
Whether you and your landlord
have to give 30 or 60 days notice to terminate or continue the
lease. The penalty you must pay if you have to break your lease.
The amount of security deposit
required for your new San Marcos apartment.
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