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Did You Know When You Lease An Apartment . . . ?

Did You Know when you lease an apartment in Houston . . . ?

There are fees to apply for an apartment, and every occupant over the age of 18 must also have a background check!  
 “One Time Fees”
(These fees may be required to be in money order/cashier’s check form, unless credit card/online payments are accepted upfront prior to occupancy).

Examples of Fees:
Application Fee per adult, may be higher for married couple
(Non-refundable fee paid by each applicant for verification of information).
Lease Fee/Administrative Fee
(Non-refundable fee required to offset expenses incurred by management. If the application is rejected by management, the non-refundable lease fee will be refunded in full. If applicant cancels after the standard set time listed on application, from 48 to 72 hours of submitting application, the non-refundable lease fee will be retained by management. If the application is canceled or rejected by apartment owner/management, the Reservation Fee will be refunded in full).
Security Deposit or Reservation Fee (Becomes a refundable Security Deposit upon execution of the lease agreement*. Amounts vary by property and floorplan. Deposit may be applied by apartment owner/management to satisfy all or part of the resident’s obligations upon move out.* If the application is canceled or rejected by management, will be refunded unless there is false information).*
Sure Deposit – In lieu of a standard security deposit the apartment owner/management may require a sure deposit, this is non refundable.   
Monthly Recurring Charges Paid to the apartment owner/management where you lease, you are responsible for these fees. (This does not include electricity – you choose the electric provider and pay that company directly for your usage* unless sub-metered electricity or electricity is included in your rent*).   
Examples shown below: 
Rent – as agreed to per your signed lease
Trash Fee – varies by owner/management of apartment, may be valet trash service.
$10 to $25
Utility Administrative Fee – standard fee for most properties
(Monthly administrative fee that covers the cost of reading, billing and system maintenance for the utility billing systems).
Water Charges – Sometimes referred to as sub-metered water.
Variable could be $8.00 to $50+
(Monthly water usage measured and billed based on the prevailing rates as established by the local municipalities and will vary based on consumption).
Pest Control – (some properties will charge $1.50 to $3.00 monthly, example).
Gas – varies and if the apartment community has natural gas (hot water heaters, central heat units, ranges/stoves, etc.) 
Pet Deposit/Pet Fee – Part of which may be non-refundable*, a one time fee and varies by apartment owner/management.
Pet Rent* – recurring monthly – varies by apartment owner/management.
Renter Insurance or Renter Liability Policy
Most apartment owner/management require proof of renter insurance/liability policy. Check with your leasing office prior to application.
     You must provide a valid picture ID to tour a property such as a Texas Driver License or Passport, and all adults (18+) must present this identification to tour the apartment and amenities.
You will be asked to provide proof of income verification equal to 3* times the monthly rental amount for standard approval. There are select properties that require 2.5 times the rent as income. Either an "offer letter of employment" and/or paycheck stubs can be requested.

Criminal history, credit history, rental history, employment history is processed and verified for every adult occupant.

Most apartments are not allowed to tour or show apartments in the rain due to liability issues!  

Contact your local apartment expert at AptExpert.com for assistance to find the perfect apartment to match your lifestyle! Free Service! 

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