Renting an apartment has its benefits and, in theory, once you rent one, it’s your landlord that has to deal with all the costs of maintenance. Also, many apartment complexes have their own swimming pool or gyms, which are amenities you usually instantly gain access to when you rent the apartment, and all for the fixed weekly or monthly amount you pay for the apartment. However, in reality, there will still be some issues you’ll have to tackle in most rental apartments. Here are some of the most common problems you can come across when renting and ways to deal with them.
You can’t make any changes on your own
Even though the apartment you’re renting doesn’t belong to you, it’s still your home, albeit a temporary one. It’s only natural that you’ll want to decorate it so that it reflects your personality and you feel comfortable and cosy when you’re there. This may prove to be problematic, depending on what your landlord is like. For instance, changing the wall paint can make the space more cheerful and more to your liking, but some landlords simply won’t allow you to do this kind of work. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask, so put some effort into establishing good communication with the owner of the apartment. In case this option doesn’t work for you, you can still introduce some personal style to your rental apartment by investing in things such as removable wallpaper, magnet covers for nasty-looking appliances and various cushions and throws for your beds and sofas. Also, some potted plants, a few framed photos in the right place and some new curtains can do wonders for any space.
The kitchens can be dreadful
If you’ve lived in a rented apartment before, you’ve probably already encountered this problem. Generally, landlords aren’t really keen on making big investments when it comes to their rentals. They’ll usually go for the cheapest possible version of everything, including the kitchen. This means that you’ll end up with a kitchen that looks less than attractive and doesn’t really cater to your needs. And although students don’t really cook as much as families, every tenant should be able to utilize every part of their kitchen. So, for instance, if the drawers won’t open properly, try jiggling them and fixing them, and if you can’t, move the cooking tools you use most often onto your kitchen tops or hang them on the wall. Similarly, if the cabinet doors are hanging unevenly and can’t be opened and closed well, you can simply take them off and have an open cabinet or two. However, if you notice any serious problems, you should contact your landlord immediately and tell them what’s wrong. Things like drains, pipes or hot water systems that don’t work will require professional kitchen plumbing, so make sure your landlord gets experienced plumbers to resolve the issue.
The bathrooms often need renovation
Just like your kitchen, your bathroom can also be outdated and some fixtures might even be damaged or dysfunctional. This can be very inconvenient, so you should try and improve the situation by first talking to your landlord and checking if there’s anything he’d be willing to do in terms of bathroom remodelling. However, since this isn’t something landlords frequently do, you should take things into your own hands and fix what you can. It’s now easy to find quality stickers for covering up old and damaged tiles, or some new accessories, such as bathmats or shower curtains, so that the place looks nicer. You can also replace the lighting fixtures with some new ones, but be sure you save the ones you take down, so that you have the option of putting them back before you move out. Furthermore, changing the toilet seat is really not much of an investment, and neither is a small floating shelf. Finding affordable solutions to fixing up a bathroom doesn’t have to be difficult if you give it some thought.
The by-laws may not suit you
Not all rental-apartment problems have to be about the state of the apartment itself. Some are caused by the rules you have to follow when you move into a new building. So, before you put down a deposit for an apartment, you should get familiar with the by-laws that the owners of the building have created. Although many of them will actually make sense and are only there to ensure you and all the other residents can function normally, there will always be some you won’t agree with. Some of these by-laws can forbid you to keep a pet in your apartment, or to take a shower when you get home late from work. You may also find that it’s against the rules to either smoke or hang your clean laundry to dry on your balcony. You may also get a notice or even a fine if your guests are too loud for the other tenants, or if you don’t participate in keeping the common areas clean. That’s why it’s essential that you’re aware of any such by-laws before you move in, so that you can look for an apartment elsewhere if they don’t suit you.
Nobody’s living arrangements are truly ideal, so make the best of yours by knowing what problems you might face and learning how to manage them efficiently.