Rent with confidence: Your guide to finding the perfect home

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Rent with confidence Your guide to finding the perfect home

Thank you for the opportunity to assist with the search for your next home. The Greater Boston rental market is an active marketplace and apartments are in higher demand than ever before. At Senné, we offer many resources to help you start your next chapter. Our goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable finding a place to call home, and that you fully understand the sometimes subtle details that can make or break a successful application process. Senné’s property management division has us directly plugged in to some of the finest rental properties across the New England region. Our extensive network of real estate agents are able to provide insight on listings before they even hit the market.

We look forward to working with you.

The Renting Process Don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back every step of the way: 1.

Determine your budget (including any utilities or charges)

2. Set aside a deposit equal to four months rent. Most aparments will require you to put down first months rent and last months rent up-front and will require a security deposit and broker fee, each equal to another months rent. 3. Determine your non-negotiables. Do you require in-unit laundry? What about off-street parking? How many beds/baths do you really need? Is your location negotiable? 4. Tour aptartments. You can’t always judge a space virtually. Bring a tape measure to ensure your furniture will fit in the space. See if there really is as much natural light as you think. 5. Be prepared to act fast. In a hot market, homes rent quickly. Once you find a place you love submit a lease application and be prepared to provide information for a credit check. Have your income verification ready. Consult with your realtor about ways to strengthen your application. 6. Once an application is accepted, be ready to sign a lease.

Application Checklist Determine your timeline Confirm your budget Research your ideal location(s) Choose your non-negotiables Tour properties Set aside funds for a deposit Submit application Sign lease Move in!

Understanding your lease, Signing a lease can be an overwhelming task if you have never done so before. A lease has all kinds of vital information in it, including what repairs you’ll be responsible for, the penalties for late rent, security deposit terms, and even the terms for breaking the lease. I will make sure that you understand the nuances of what you are signing so that you do not find yourself in a bad position financially or one that violates your rights as a real estate tenant.

Before & after the move, Signing a lease is only the beginning. In order to be fully prepared for move in day, there is still plenty to do to ensure you have your ducks in a row. From helping you locate a moving company to pointing you in the right direction for renters insurance, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Hire a moving company Update car registration and license address Purchase renters insurance File change of address with USPS Schedule utility changes Register to vote