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Questions To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In West Lafayette

April 20, 2022
nighttime exterior at echo park bloomington

You’ve discovered the ideal West Lafayette apartment, and all you have to do is sign a lease! But slow down. Before you sign, be sure you understand what you’re signing up for. After all, you’ll enjoy your apartment living experience more if you have to do. So before you sign that lease, use these questions to ask when leasing an apartment in West Lafayette.

What Are My Choices For Paying Rent And Are There Fees For Paying Late?

Gray and blue bedroom at Highpointe Apartments. 

Great West Lafayette apartments offer several payment options so paying rent is as simple as possible, including auto-pay and electronic options. Ask what methods your new community offers and how each one works. You might also want to inquire about if you’ll be charged a convenience fee for direct payments.

You also should know your community’s overdue rent policy. Most leasing offices have a ”grace period” and then a late fee that increases until you pay. Ask when payment is due and who to talk to if you have a hardship that will interfere with paying your rent by the due date.

What Is The Guest Policy For Your West Lafayette Apartment And Amenities?

 Red and beige recreation room at Hamilton Luxury Apartments.

If you want to host loved ones for more than a few days, you should learn your apartment’s guest policy. Most leases won’t let guests stay in your apartment for more than 3 days without permission from the property manager for extended visits. There are also policies for enjoying community amenities like the fitness center or swimming pool. If you want to invite your running buddy to test the treadmills, first find out if guests are allowed. Or, if your child wants a poolside birthday party, inquire about how many guests you can invite and their procedures and policies.

What Is The 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 furry ones? If your apartment allows pets, make sure Fluffy fits within their rules. Some communities have breed and size restrictions. You should also ask about fees and rules for exercising and cleaning up poop. The most pet-friendly West Lafayette apartments have amenities like bags and trash receptacles for cleaning up after them and dog runs or parks for [[exercising dogs|socialization|exercize].

Does The Community Have Any Parking Policies?

xterior of Riverview apartments during the daytime. 

Lots of apartment properties have parking policies to keep things fair for all Residents. They may assign parking spaces, issue Resident parking permits, enforce designated guest parking, and limit how many vehicles you can keep on the property. Some apartment communities in West Lafayette have shelterd parking for a price. Review your parking options and the parking policies prior to moving in with your extra car or inviting visitors over.

How Do I Submit Maintenance Requests, And How Will They Access My Unit?

All apartments need repairs occasionally. Before you move in, ask how maintenance requests work in your new community. Ask how to make a request, when to expect a response, and if there is a 24-hour emergency number.

You should also ask how the maintenance team will enter your apartment. Discuss if they will notify you ahead of time and if they will leave a sign indicating their presence when they leave. Although you don’t own your apartment, you should always expect good communication with your maintenance team about service requests.


The Ivy Towns and Flats Can Help With The Questions You Want To Ask When Leasing An Apartment In West Lafayette

If you aren’t getting the answers you want at other apartments, come ask The Ivy Towns and Flats. We go the extra mile to provide an enjoyable and unique experience for each of our valued Residents in West Lafayette. We’ll help you find an apartment you’ll love calling home. Call us at 765-300-4521 or schedule a tour to find out more.