Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dog Breeds That Are Good In Apartments

The question "do you accept pets" always comes up when apartment hunting. But what breeds of dogs are a good match for apartment life? We found a list on that answered that question! Click here for the complete list.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Renting With No Social Security Number

Unlike employers, landlords are not restricted from renting to undocumented residents of the United States or those without social security numbers.  In fact there are many people in Texas that fall under this category.  In general there are two types of residents without social security numbers:  documented and undocumented.

Examples of documented residents that may not have a social security number include those with green cards, work visas, work permits, or I90 student visas. For these types of renters there is a supplemental non-resident application that you will need to fill out.  With this type of application, apartments will also require legal documents verifying your status within the United States.  These residents often do not have verifiable income from an employer within the United States.  If that is the case it is important that you are able to show money in a US bank account, whether the money is wired in from your country of origin or from a student loan.

Undocumented residents are those that have no social security number and no documentation of their status within the United States.  Since criminal and rental history checks are much more complicated for these types of residents, very few apartments will rent to them.  Those that will usually require an additional deposit that can be as much as 1 month’s rent.  All will require some form of ID, like a Matricula (if your country of origin is Mexico), or a driver’s license or resident card from another country.  They will also require you to verify your income.

If you have questions about renting without a social security number, give us a call, we can help you navigate your options quickly and help you find the best possible Austin apartment!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Food Storage

With all of the recent natural disasters, keeping food storage is a great idea for everyone. Even if you live in a small apartment, keeping some necessities on hand in case of an emergency is important! This list is an example of what to have in an emergency kit, but you should personalize it to you own needs.

-Water and/or water purification system
-Change of Clothing
-Contacts Information
-Hygiene Products
-Non perishable food items
-Insurance Policy
-Copies of birth certificate and/or social security card

*This list compiled with the help of the Food Storage Made Easy website.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Lease Terms

When leasing an apartment, it is important to know several items covered in your lease. The Texas Apartment Association defines some of those points of interest.

- When rent is due and what late charges will be placed.
- Requirement of advanced notice when you plan to leave the rental property.
- Responsibilities at the end of the lease term.
- Room mate policy.
- Restrictions affecting security deposit.
- Owners obligation for repairs.
- How to request repairs.

These are among the most important terms to know when you are signing a lease.