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The Best Questions To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Bloomington

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

How Do I Pay Rent And How Do Late Fees Work Late?

Gray and blue bedroom at Highpointe Apartments. 

Good Bloomington apartments offer several payment options so paying rent is as convenient as possible, including auto-pay and electronic options. Ask your new community what methods they offer and how they work. You can also inquire about if there’s a convenience fee for paperless payments.

You also need to understand your community’s overdue payment policy. Many leasing offices have a one or two day grace period and then a late fee which grows until you pay. Ask when rent is due and who to talk to if you experience a hardship that will interfere with paying your rent by the due date.

Is There A Guest Policy For Your Bloomington Apartment And Amenities?

 Red and beige recreation room at Hamilton Luxury Apartments.

If you like to host loved ones for several weeks, you’ll need to check your community’s guest policy. Most leases prohibit guests from staying with you beyond 3 days without permission from the property manager. Then there are guest policies for enjoying community amenities like the fitness center or swimming pool. If you want to bring your running buddy to try the treadmills, first find out if guests are allowed. Or, if your child wants a poolside birthday party, ask how many guests you can invite 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 

On the topic of friends, what about your four-legged ones? If your apartment allows pets, make sure Max fits within their standards. Many communities have dog restrictions. You should also inquire about pet fees and rules for exercising and cleaning up poop. The best pet-friendly Bloomington apartments offer things like dog parks or runs for exercize and bags with trash cans for cleaning up after them.

Are There Any Parking Policies To Know About?

xterior of Riverview apartments during the daytime. 

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

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

You might need some repairs at times. Prior to moving in, ask how they do maintenance requests there. Ask how to make a request, when to expect a response, and if they have a 24-hour emergency number.

You should also ask how the maintenance team will access your apartment. Discuss if they will warn you before entering and if they will leave a note indicating their presence once they leave. Although you don’t own your apartment, you should still have efficient communication with your maintenance team about service requests.


Bring The Questions You Want To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In Bloomington To City Flats on Walnut

If you aren’t hearing the answers you want at at the apartment communities you’ve talked to, come check out City Flats on Walnut. We go the extra mile to provide a unique and enjoyable experience for each of our valued Residents in Bloomington. Let us help you find an apartment you’ll love. Call us at 812-578-8827 or schedule a tour to find out more.