Visiting the Property
(the following points are as advised by Georgetown
- Make an Appointment and Arrive on Time
Landlords usually do not appreciate perspective tenants arriving unannounced,
and you want to be assured that you will be able to see the property when you
get there. Also, verify the information with the landlord over the phone first.
- Be Presentable
Landlords want to rent to individuals who look as if they would make good
tenants. Proper attire may improve your chances when there are several
applicants. Treat your viewing like a job interview.
- Be Persistent
A prospective landlord may take your name and say he/she will get back to
you after reviewing all applications. Check back and remind the landlord
that you are still interested.
- Carry Your Checkbook
If you find a place you like, be prepared to put some money down to hold it.
Landlords often ask for a deposit. Make sure you get a receipt for the deposit.
The receipt should specify whether the deposit is refundable if you do not rent
the place and how the deposit will be used if you do rent the place, e.g., as
part of the security deposit or the first month's rent. Also carry with you a
list of personal references and their contact information with you.
Start looking early, and give yourself at least a few weeks to find housing.
The time in which students start looking for housing changes every year, depending
on the market and the availability of housing for the next year. If you want a
house for the following school year, it is advisable to start looking for available
houses in the fall-winter of the year before. Landlords who usually rent to students
may be willing to have you sign a lease in advance.