NDSU Extension Service - Ramsey County


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Ready to Rent

Ready to Rent

            Finding an apartment or house to rent is a major endeavor.  It can mean a multitude of phone calls and lots of miles checking out potential locations.

            Following are some ideas to consider when searching for the perfect place -

  • Environment: traffic, parking for tenants and visitors, temporary parking for service and delivery vehicles, noise, smoke, dust, odors, adjacent dwellings, general neighborhood, access to public transportation, and access to shopping areas.
  • Health and safety: crime rates (check with local police), pets (restrictions on pets in building and neighborhood), fire exits and routes present and clearly marked, lighting on streets and walks, police protection, building security, railing on stairways, locks on doors, locks on windows, conformity with fire codes, and carbon monoxide.
  • Services: maintenance and repair, garbage and trash collection, care of public areas and care of building exterior.
  • Recreation: play areas for children, space for social gatherings and hobbies, rules for parties, proximity to neighbors and noise.
  • Design characteristics: outside appearance, view from windows, interior space, privacy, storage, laundry facilities, wall and floor coverings, room arrangement, size of rooms, sound insulation, lighting, efficiency and convenience of kitchen and dining areas, appliances, work areas, and adequate storage.
  • Utilities: heating and cooling systems, telephone and television installation available, convenient light switches, ventilation to exterior in bath and kitchen, low plumbing noise level, adequate number of electrical outlets, exposed wiring, leaky plumbing.

            Inspect the inside and outside of the premises thoroughly before renting. If repairs are needed, make arrangements in writing with the landlord for these to be done by a stated date.. Make a damage inventory- possibly a video - before moving in for both your benefit and the landlords. 



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